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Siberian dogwood may not have the showiest flowers but it adds a nice spring color to the landscape. It is prized for its dark green summer foliage, red winter stems, and bluish white fruit. Best suited to moist areas along a stream or pond edge and in shrub borders.

  • Family (English) Dogwood
  • Family (botanic) Cornaceae
  • Tree or plant type Shrub
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Hardiness zones Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6, Zone 7
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances Dry sites, Wet sites
  • Season of interest early fall, early winter, late fall, late summer, late winter, mid fall, midsummer, midwinter
  • Flower color and fragrance White
  • Shape or form Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Open, Round, Thicket-forming
  • Growth rate Fast

Native geographic location and habitat: 

This shrub is native to Siberia, Manchurica and northern Korea.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife: 

Pollinators are attracted to flowers and birds eat the berries.

Bark color and texture: 

Bark is greenish during the summer turning bright red in winter, one of its key ornamental features.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture:

Opposite, elliptical leaves are 2 to 4 1/2 inches long with pointed tips. Each leaf has 5 to 6 pairs of veins. Dark green during the summer, the leaves turn reddish-purple in the fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size: 

Yellow-white, flat-topped cymes totalling 1 to 2 inches in diameter, bloom in May and June.  They may flower sporadically into the summer.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions: 

Clusters of bluish-white fruit form in summer, but do not persist into winter.

White-Margined Siberian dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Argenteomarginata’, syn. ‘Elegantissima’):

Creamy-white variegated foliage, with showy red stems in the winter, this cultivar grows 6 to 8 feet high and wide.

Ivory Halo® Siberian dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo’):

Variegated white and green foliage, this shrub has a rounded habit 5 to 6 feet high and wide.

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