Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'
(Black-stemmed Dogwood) Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is an striking shrub which has colourful deep-red to black stems in winter and dark-green leaves that turn plum-purple in autumn.
An intriguing winter barked dogwood which has colourful deep-red to black stems in winter and dark-green leaves that turn plum-purple in autumn. These dark winter stems look lovely when combined with white barked birch or red stemmed plants.
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is a shrub with year round interest which is ideal for mass plantings and can also make a beautiful informal hedge.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Any reasonably well drained soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Flowering Period: May - June.
- Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
- Habit: Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' grows to be a large shrub over time but can be pruned hard yearly if required.
- Height: 1 - 1.5 m (3 - 5 ft) if pruned yearly or 3 - 4 m (10 - 13 ft) if unpruned.
- Spread: 1 - 1.5 m (3 - 5 ft) if pruned yearly or 3 - 4 m (10 - 13 ft) if unpruned.
- Pruning: Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is most attractive if pruned hard to about 30 - 40 cm above the ground early each spring. This will prevent it getting to large and rejuvenate the plant so the bright coloured stems appear each year.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Medium (1.5m - 3m), Shrub - Small (less than 1.5m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Damp/Wet, Site: Windy
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Ornamental Bark, Suitable for Containers