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Cornus alba

Common Name(s):
Tatarian dogwood
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Best color on new stems so remove oldest stems; can become invasive.

Seasons of Interest:

       Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Spring     Twigs: Winter

Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites.  Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. When stressed, is susceptible to a large number of disease problems, most serious is dogwood anthracnose. Other diseases include powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf & twig blight. It can also become vulnerable to borers. 

Height:
8-10 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, dark green leaves; 2-4.5 in. long; reddish-purple fall color
Flower:
Modestly showy, yellowish-white flowers in spring; white to bluish drupe in summer; grown for blood-red stems in winter
Zones:
3 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates a range of soil conditions
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright and loose; arching with age; long unbranched stems; suckers to form large colonies
Width:
5-10 ft.
Tags:
red twigs, deciduous, weedy, bees, fall color, birds, specialized bees, wildlife, pollinators, winter interest

NCCES plant id: 1507

Cornus alba Cornus alba
NickolasTitkov, CC BY-ND-2.0
Cornus alba 'Cream Cracker' Cornus alba
Megan Hansen, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus alba Cornus alba
Kari Pihlaviita, CC BY-NC-2.0
Cornus alba White berries
Nathanael Drayton, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Cornus alba Cornus alba
Peter-OConnor-, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Fall color of Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'
peganum, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Cornus alba Opposite buds
mpaola-andreoni
Cornus alba Bright red twigs.
Drew Avery, CC BY - 2.0
Cornus alba Cornus alba
Steve James, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Cornus alba Bright red stems provide winter interest.
Bo, CC BY-ND-2.0