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Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'

Common Name(s):
Variegated tartarian dogwood
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Remove oldest stems; best color on new stems; can become invasive.

Seasons of Interest:

       Foliage: Fall    Bloom: Spring   Fruit: Fall, drupes  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.  Does not like the heat.  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 with creamy margins; 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:
shelter, winter interest, stem color, winter, variegated, deciduous, fall color, bees, birds, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, fall interest, bark

NCCES plant id: 1506

Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata' Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'
Andrey Zharkikh, CC BY - 2.0