Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Tatarian Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' – Good, old-fashioned Variegated Redtwig Dogwood. All leaves sport broad creamy white margins that light up in open shade. White flattened disks of flowers develop white to greenish white pearly berries beloved by birds. Fall leaves may range from golden, light orange to rosy red. Though perfectly adaptable to open shade site in full sun for best late season colors. Fertile, draining soil is fundamental to its happiness. Best to get into this shrub every 2 or 3 years and cut out the oldest branches to keep its multiple seasons of interest vibrant. Cutting grown.

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6-10 ft


6-10 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Labyrinth
  • Accent
  • Shrub Border
  • Border
  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Acid


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting four seasons of interest. Many exhibit richly-colored winter wood, attractive flowers and pretty berries in blue or white. Most offer terrific fall foliage color. The cultivars that offer gorgeous winter bark are especially well-used as background to lower growing evergeens or as foreground shrubs set before conifers, their stem colors glowing in winter against a backdrop of green, black-green, yellow or blue. All that produce flowers and fruit are very fine choices for the wildlife enthusiast. The trees provide nesting spots. When shrubs are grouped together these also provide nesting opportunities for some species of sparrows and even catbirds among others. The trees and shrubs provide nectar for bees and many other pollinators when in flower. Birds relish the late season fruits. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rain events. All of our offerings are cutting grown.