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Cornus alba 'Kesselring'

Kesselring Tatarian Dogwood
Zone: 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Exposure: Sun
Height: Maximum 8 feet
Width: Maximum 5 feet
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Great Plant Picks - This cultivar of Cornus alba is grown for its unique shiny deep purple-black stems. The new spring foliage emerges flushed in inky purple and retains a hint of that dark coloring through the growing season. In autumn its leaves turn gold, apricot and rose-red. This shrub gives a great deal for the little it asks in the way of care and attention. It tolerates damp or dry soils, as well as that difficult combination of winter-wet-summer-dry locations. Black-twig dogwood grows best in moist well-drained soil but it is extremely adaptable, growing in a wide range of soil types including clay, sand, or wet locations. It is vigorous in full sun or light to dappled shade, but a sunnier location will provide brighter stems in winter. To encourage bright red stems cut back a third of the oldest stems to about 6 inches tall every year, leaving the strong upright young whips.

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