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Plant of the Month December 2021

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ AGM (Siberian dogwood) is a deciduous shrub with stunning bright red bark which adds colour to the winter garden.

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Siberian dogwood)

It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but the soil must never dry out. These plants will thrive in the ‘wetter’parts of the garden. This dogwood produces the brightest winter bark when planted in full sun. To keep the size of the plant in check and to encourage the most colourful bark, remove up to a third of the stems back to ground level each March and encourage new shoots. This process can be repeated for many years.

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Companion plants

Other shrubs with coloured winter stems include Rubus cockburnianus (White-stemmed bramble) and Salix alba ‘Britzensis' (Coral bark willow). All can be under planted with snowdrops (Galanthus)