Siberian Variegated Dogwood
Cornus alba 'Sibirica Variegata'
Siberian Variegated Dogwood flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Red Barked Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood
A colorful and extremely hardy accent shrub with dark green and cream summer foliage that may be tinged with pink; fall color in tones of pink and red and bright red stems in winter; very versatile from a landscape perspective and quite carefree
Siberian Variegated Dogwood has attractive creamy white-variegated dark green foliage with hints of shell pink on a plant with a round habit of growth. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding pink in the fall. It features showy clusters of white flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It produces powder blue berries in mid summer. The red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.
Siberian Variegated Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Siberian Variegated Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Siberian Variegated Dogwood will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.