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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Black stem dogwood)

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Time to maturity
5-10 years
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Botanical name: Cornus alba 'Kesselringii'

Other names: Black stem dogwood

Genus: Cornus

Variety or Cultivar: 'Kesselringii' _ 'Kesselringii' is a medium deciduous shrub producing a dense thicket of purple-black stems and green foliage. In summer is has small, flat, cream flowers followed by white berries and purple-red foliage in the autumn.

Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is: Deciduous

Flower: White in Summer

Foliage: Green in Spring; Green, Flushed purple in Summer; Red, Reddish-purple in Autumn

Habit: Branching, Open branches, Upright

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Specific pests: Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil

Specific diseases: Anthracnose diseases

General care

Propagation methods: Hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Black stem dogwood) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses: Low Maintenance

Cultivation: Plant in most soil in sun or partial shade.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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