Scientific Name: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
Common Name: silverleaf dogwood, variegated Siberian dogwood
Family Name: Cornaceae
Origin: Central / west Asia, Garden origin, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Open, Spreading
Form: Oval - horizontal, Round
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Fall interest, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Screening, Summer interest, Winter interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Elliptic, Ovate, Entire
Flowers: Cyme, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Drupe, Edible, White, Jun-Jul
Key ID Features:
Shrub to 3m tall; leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic, 4-11cm long x 2-5cm wide, margin entire, creamy-white variegation, upper surface wrinkly, underside glaucous, petiole 8-25mm long; florets tiny, white, flat corymb-like cymes, late spring; florets 6-8mm wide, 4 white petals pink then cream ovary and stamens, in corymb-like cymes; drupes ellipsoid, white (may have a bluish tinge), 7-9mm long. Winter ID: buds valvate, appressed, red to brown-black; stems turn blood red (very similar to <a href ='' target='_blank'>C. sericea</a> and may be sold as <a href ='' target='_blank'>C. 'Argenteo-marginata'</a>).