Red Dogwood Hedging – Cornus Alba


Red Dogwood, scientifically known as Cornus Alba, stands out in the plant world with its striking red stems that bring a pop of colour to any winter garden.


Vibrant Winter Charm: Red Dogwood (Cornus Alba)

Introduction to Red Dogwood’s Allure Red Dogwood, scientifically known as Cornus Alba, stands out in the plant world with its striking red stems that bring a pop of colour to any winter garden. This deciduous shrub is a favourite for its versatility and vibrant display, especially during the colder months when gardens often lack colour.

Distinctive Features of Red Dogwood Cornus Alba, commonly referred to as Red Dogwood, is renowned for its bright red stems that illuminate winter landscapes. During spring and summer, it boasts lush green leaves, which transition to vibrant autumn hues before falling, revealing the iconic red bark. This shrub typically grows to a height of 1.5 to 2.4 meters, making it an ideal choice for a variety of garden spaces.

Cultivation and Care Insights Thriving best in full sun to partial shade, Red Dogwood is not particularly fussy about soil types, though it prefers moist, well-drained conditions. Regular pruning in early spring enhances the red stem colour for the next winter, as the brightest red appears on new growth. This hardy plant is also resistant to most pests and diseases, making it a robust choice for gardeners of all levels.

Landscape and Design Uses The versatility of Cornus Alba allows it to be used in various garden designs. It’s particularly effective in winter gardens, mixed borders, and as a standalone specimen for its striking winter appearance. Its ability to tolerate wet conditions also makes it suitable for planting near water features or in rain gardens.

Companion Planting and Biodiversity Red Dogwood pairs beautifully with evergreen shrubs, which contrast against its bare red stems in winter. It’s also an excellent companion for ornamental grasses and winter-flowering plants like Hellebores. This shrub is beneficial to wildlife, providing shelter and food for birds during the colder months.

Seasonal Interest and Maintenance Throughout the year, Cornus Alba offers visual interest. From its spring greenery to its autumnal colour change and the stark beauty of its red stems in winter, it’s a year-round performer. Maintenance involves annual pruning to encourage vibrant new stem growth and the occasional watering during prolonged dry periods.

Conclusion and Call to Action For more information on Red Dogwood (Cornus Alba), visit RHS/CornusAlba. To explore our full range of plants, visit Shop All. Embrace the winter charm of Red Dogwood in your garden for a display that defies the dreary cold with its fiery red stems and year-round appeal.


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Root Type

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Stem Girth

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Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Fast Growth

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