Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'
white dogwood 'Kesselringii'
'Kesselringii' is a vigorous deciduous shrub forming a thicket of upright dark red shoots which become blackish-purple in winter, with oval leaves turning red and purple in autumn; small cream flowers are followed by white berries
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or South–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
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
How to grow
Propagate by hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Banks and slopes
- Flower borders and beds
Generally pest-free but may be susceptible to horse chestnut scale
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