Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'
late spring to early summer
6 to 8 ft.
6 to 8 ft.
species is native to Siberia, northern China to Korea
sun to filtered shade
USDA zones 2-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Tatarian dogwood is a large shrub grown for its white-edged leaves and red stems. The variegated leaves have white outside margins with greyish-green interiors. Creamy white flowers are borne on clusters in early summer. The bark on the new stems is red, then fades to grey as the branches age.
Tatarian dogwood, although winter hardy, requires regular moisture to grow well. It can be a good choice for its attractive bark and variegated leaves, but needs to be planted in area where it will be watered regularly.
At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Tatarian dogwood is planted in a sunny site in the moderate water zone. It has grown well. The leaves create a nice contrast with other plants and the red branches are attractive in the winter.
Prune out dead and damaged branches as needed. Cut out old grey branches to stimulate new growth, which will be redder in the winter.