Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Tatarian Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (syn. ​Swida alba 'Argenteo-marginata') – Good, old-fashioned Variegated Redtwig Dogwood. All leaves sport broad creamy white margins that light up in open shade. White flattened disks of flowers develop white to greenish white pearly berries beloved by birds. Fall leaves may range from golden, light orange to rosy red. Though perfectly adaptable to open shade site in full sun for best late season colors. Fertile, draining soil is fundamental to its happiness. Best to get into this shrub every 2 or 3 years and cut out the oldest branches to keep its multiple seasons of interest vibrant. Cutting grown.

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6-10 ft


6-10 ft


Item Description Price  
CORNALEL Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $26.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Labyrinth
  • Accent
  • Shrub Border
  • Border
  • Massing
  • Wildlife Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Acid


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.