Cornus sericea ssp. sericea ‘Alba’

variegated red twig

Habit: grows in an upright rounded form, staying denser and more erect than Cornus sericea ssp. sericea. Stems are red to dull red throughout the winter turning green when the leaves emerge. The beautiful white and green variegated leaves are oval with deeply indented veination.  Flowers appear in early summer in flat showy clusters with individual flowers creamy white and tiny.  Berry-like fruit ripens into white to pale blue.

Ecology: Cornus sericea ssp. sericea ‘Alba’ is a cultivated variety of C. sericea ssp. sericea with variegated leaves.

Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade, in moist soil with medium to poor drainage.  Tolerates seasonal flooding.



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Type: Deciduous Shrub
Height: 3-6 ft (1-2 m)
Width: 3-6 ft (1-2 m)
USDA Zones: 3
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.