Cornus alba 'Baton Rouge'
(Red Barked Dogwood) An unusual and very handsome medium sized deciduous shrub with vivid crimson-red winter stems, strong purple-red autumn colour and masses of ornamental white berries in October-November.
Ideal for planting in small groups with best stem colour in a position with plenty of sun.
An unusual and very handsome medium sized deciduous shrub with vivid crimson-red winter stems. Ideal for planting in small groups with best stem colour in a position with plenty of sun. The leaves are dark green with purple, orange and red autumn tints before falling. Clusters of white flowers in Spring are followed by small bluish-black fruit in late summer or early autumn.
Superb choice of shrub for winter stem colour.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Fertile, well drained soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Flowering Period: May - June.
- Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
- Habit: Cornus alba 'Baton Rouge' grows to be a medium sized shrub if pruned yearly or a large shrub eventually if left unpruned.
- 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: In our opinion, this plant 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 - Large (3m+)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Damp/Wet, Site: Windy
- Special Features
- Ornamental Bark, Suitable for Containers