Red Dogwood Hedging – Cornus Alba


Cornus alba, commonly known as Red Dogwood or Siberian Dogwood, is a versatile, deciduous shrub known for its vibrant, red winter stems. This native of Siberia and northern and central Asia has made itself quite at home in the British landscape, providing visual interest in gardens and supporting wildlife.

Red Dogwood Hedging – Cornus Alba

Cornus alba, commonly known as Red Dogwood or Siberian Dogwood, is a versatile, deciduous shrub known for its vibrant, red winter stems. This native of Siberia and northern and central Asia has made itself quite at home in the British landscape, providing visual interest in gardens and supporting wildlife.

Description and Characteristics

Red Dogwood is an attractive and hardy shrub that can serve as an exceptional hedging plant. The plant displays medium to dark green leaves during spring and summer, which transition to a dazzling array of reds and oranges in the autumn. However, it’s in winter that Red Dogwood truly comes into its own, when the leaves fall to reveal spectacular, bright red stems.

When maintained as a hedge, Red Dogwood typically reaches 2-3 metres (6-10 feet) in height. If left unchecked, it can grow up to 3-4 metres (10-13 feet). The plant’s growth rate is moderate, averaging about 30-60cm (12-24 inches) per year. In terms of lifespan, Red Dogwood can easily thrive for 20 years and more with proper care.

Flowering, Berries, and Reproduction

In late spring to early summer, Red Dogwood produces small, creamy-white flowers in clusters, which are mainly insect-pollinated. Following pollination, these flowers mature into white or blueish berries, known as drupes. The berries contain a single seed and are a favourite of birds, which aid in their dispersal.

Benefits to Wildlife

Red Dogwood is a valuable resource for local wildlife. Its flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, and its berries provide a food source for various bird species during autumn and winter. The dense foliage also offers shelter and nesting opportunities for birds and small mammals.

Ideal for British Gardens

Red Dogwood makes a fantastic addition to British gardens for several reasons. Firstly, its dramatic red winter stems create an eye-catching spectacle during the otherwise bleak winter months. Secondly, its ability to grow well in a variety of soil conditions, including wet soils, makes it a versatile choice. It can also withstand heavy pruning, allowing gardeners to easily maintain it as a compact hedge or to encourage more vibrant stem colours.

Furthermore, Red Dogwood’s hardiness and wildlife-attracting properties make it an ideal plant for a wildlife or winter interest garden.

Distribution in the UK

While Red Dogwood is not a native plant, it has been widely cultivated across the UK and can be found in many gardens and parks. It’s particularly appreciated in areas with wet soil conditions where other hedging plants may struggle.

In conclusion, Red Dogwood hedging, with its year-round interest, easy maintenance, wildlife benefits, and stunning winter display, is a highly recommended choice for any British garden. Whether you wish to attract wildlife, add some winter colour, or need a hardy plant for wet soils, Cornus alba could be the perfect solution.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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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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