Variegated Red Twig Dogwood

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Shrub
Plant Family: Cornaceae
Plant Description: Large, vigorous shrub with dark red branches and twigs. Green oval leaves have irregular white edges. White flowers bloom in late-spring to early-summer followed by white berries. Branches turn orange-red in the fall. Grow in full sun for the best stem and leaf color. The species is widespread and native to Utah.


Maintenance Type: Shrub - Renewal
Plant Care: Shrub - Renewal (woody multi-stemmed plants that lose their leaves every winter and look best on younger stems, which emerge from the base of the plant): Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most shrubs. With spring blooming shrubs, prune after the blooms are spent. When pruning, remove 1/3rd of the oldest branches by cutting at the base of the shrub. Monitor for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 6-8' tall and 4-6' wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Foundation Plant, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: Yes
Foliage Colors: Green, Variegated, Cream
Bloom Colors: White
Bloom Seasons: Late Spring
Bloom Period: May - Jun

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 8
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Moderate (1/2" every 7-10 days)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • JVWCD Building
  • Irrigation Path
    • Mountain to Tap
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter