Cornus collection

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Buy Cornus collection winter dogwood collection: B

  • Position: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: any moderately fertile, reliably moist soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The cornus in this collection have been selected for their spectacular autumn and winter colour. Adaptable and easy to grow deciduous shrubs, they are invaluable additions to the garden during the colder months, when their foliage turns fiery shades before dropping to reveal their colourful bare stems. They are tolerant of partial shade, however to attain the best colour they should be grown in full sun and left unpruned for the first year after planting.

    The collection includes one plant of each of the following, all supplied in 9cm nursery pots:

    Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'
    The leaves of this vigorous shrub turn bright shades of orange-yellow in autumn before being shed to reveal spectacular orange, red and yellow bare stems. A welcome addition to the shrub border, where it looks very striking when backlit by a low sun. Grows to 1.5m.

    Cornus alba 'Sibirica'
    Upright in habit, the bright red winter stems of this robust cultivar offer vibrant colour as well as vertical interest. Wonderful when planted en masse in drifts and underplanted with either early flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, or a golden-leaved evergreen. Grows to 3m.

    Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'
    Quickly forming a thicket of luminous yellow-green stems, this suckering shrub tolerates wet soil, so is ideal for boggy areas of the garden. It also looks particularly good when planted beside a pond, where its stems will be reflected in the water. Grows to 2m.

  • Garden care: They are tolerant of partial shade, however to attain the best colour they should be grown in full sun and left unpruned for the first year after planting. In early spring of their second year, cut all the stems back to within 5cm of the base, and at a similar time in subsequent years, the stems should be cut back to within two or three buds of the previous year’s growth before applying a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure.

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I have a large holly tree in my garden - not a lot grows under it, but I want to add a "feature" and am considering cornus dogwood. The soil under the tree is very dry, doesn't event get weeds. What are your thoughts ont he dogwood surviving here, if I watered it a lot whilst it became established?

Jane S

Hello, It is going to be extremely difficult getting anything established under your mature holly, so I would only choose one of the toughest plants - see the link to the list below. I will say however that even these will need a very high level of maintenance if they are going to survive.


Hello I bought a Cornus Alba Sibirica three years ago, and the first year it flowered, it hadn't been pruned at that time. I have pruned it the last two years in March to about six inches from the ground and it hasn't flowered since although it does have good coloured stems in the winter. How can I get it to flower again? Jill


Hello there These Cornus are generally grown for their colourful stems which you get if they are pruned back hard in March, but it is done at the expense of the flowers really. Alternatively you could cut out just one stem in three starting with the oldest, then hopefully you should get some flowers. Hope this helps

Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can I prune my dogwood now? I have a small Cornus florida that was planted in the Autumn. It is bushier than I would like as I want a tree rather than shrub. Its starting to bud now and I probably should have pruned it in the winter, but is it too late now?

Richard Stanaro

Ideally you should prune this Cornus in late winter or early spring. However you may still get away with it if you do it very soon. Just cut back the branches you don't want by pruning to an outward facing bud.


Coloured stems

Brightly coloured stems can add a hint of winter warmth and the lipstick branches of Cornus alba 'Sibirica' stand out splendidly against the low winter sunshine. This dogwood can also thrive in waterlogged ground so it's particularly useful by a natura

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Silhouettes and winter stems

With the garden devoid of summer froth and carpeted in autumn leaves, certain plants shine at this time of year. The well-placed shrub with lipstick stems fire up a winter's day and glow against a winter sunset.

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