Botanical Name: Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
Common Name: Variegated Dogwood  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This dogwood has the same lovely red wood that is a standout in the winter garden, but with grey-green leaves with irregular creamy-white margins that gives it a luminous look. It grows about 6 to 8 feet tall, and forms a thicket of blood-red stems. White spring flowers form in clusters, followed by blue berries enjoyed by birds. Partners well with viburnums, hydrangeas, and snowberry. Use in shrub or foundation borders, or as an informal hedge.
Grow in loamy, well drained soils in partial to full shade. Though it can grow in full sun, the leaves can get scorched and it will need more water. If you use it at the foundation, place it on the east or north side. Does not require pruning to keep its shape, though pruning back hard late winter to early spring will encourage new wood, which is more brightly colored, and keep the size more compact (see Guides for pruning tips). Variegated foliage is susceptible to damage from hot summer sun.