• 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 canadensis

creeping dogwood

  • Other common names creeping dogwood
    bunchberry

    crackerberry
    dwarf cornel
    pudding berries
    pudding berry

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  • Synonyms Chamaepericlymenum canadense

  • 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 C. canadensis is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial forming a wide mat of oval leaves borne in whorls on erect stems 10-15cm in height. Conspicuous oval white bracts surround greenish flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by red berries

  • Plant range Greenl. to Alaska

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Mat forming

  • 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 East-facing or North-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Acid

Size

  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist acidic soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Ground Cover Low Maintenance

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free but can get horse chestnut scale

Diseases Generally disease free

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