• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cornus alba 'Cream Cracker' (PBR) (v)

dogwood 'Cream Cracker'

dogwood 'Cream Cracker'

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  • Other common names dogwood 'Cream Cracker'

  • Family Cornaceae

  • Genus Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

  • Details 'Cream Cracker' is a deciduous shrub with narrow, upright, dark purple-red stems to about 3m. The leaves open mid-green with a pale yellow border, maturing to grey-green with a white border. Clusters of small, cream flowers in late spring and early summer are followed by white fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow in most soil conditions in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 7

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by cornus anthracnose

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