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Cornus mas 'Variegata'

Variegated Cornelian Cherry

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Cornus mas 'Variegata' - The variegated form of Cornelian Cherry is one of the least available, vastly unappreciated shrubs in the available inventory of woody garden candidates in the U.S. It is just plain beautiful with each leaf broadly margined in creamy white and often decent autumn color in red-purple follows. The bark becomes increasingly mottled and flaked - more and more beautiful with each passing season for great looks even when defoliated. Cornelian Cherry will be a terrific four-season interest large shrub if allowed or may be pruned to a small tree if controlled. Oh! And don't forget about the cloud of warm yellow the entire shrub metamorphoses into in the early spring. Late season red fruits stud the variegated leaves and put on quite a show. The variegated form of this plant would make a head turning specimen. Full to mostly sunny siting planted in fertile, draining soil. Cutting grown.

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15-20 ft


15-20 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus mas 'Variegata'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored
  • Exfoliating

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Shrub Border
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • 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.