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Cornus sanguinea 'Magic Flame'
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dogwood 'Magic Flame'

an upright, deciduous shrub to 2m or more, with large, ovate green leaves that turn shades of yellow, orange and red in the autumn. Bare winter stems are coloured orange-yellow with bright red tips. Flat, dense clusters of creamy-white flowers are followed by blue-black fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Red Yellow Green
Summer Orange Red Yellow White Green
Autumn Orange Red Yellow Orange Red Yellow Black
Winter Orange Red Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cornaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Suckering
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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows in a range of soils from well-drained to poorly drained in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
Pruning

Pruning group 7 each year to produce vigorous colourful young shoots will help to keep the shrub compact

Pests

Generally pest free but may be attacked by horse chestnut scale

Diseases

Generally disease free but cornus anthracnose may affect weak shoots

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