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DeciduousLeaves to 10cm (4in) long
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightReddish-green, sometimes entirely green, winter shoots. Trim in spring for best colour. Produces flowers in dense cymes to 5cm (2in) across followed by pea-sized, dull, blue-black fruit.
Very hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Full sunFor best winter colour.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowThe native dogwood. Wildlife plant. The rather pungent scent attracts insects. Leaves are food for caterpillars of green hairstreak and holly blue butterfly. Very effective planted en-masse by water.Pests & DiseasesAnthracnose.Place of originEurope.
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windswept
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilTolerates allWet or boggy soil
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendlyRabbit Resistant
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