Cornus alba 'Elegantissima'
Variegated Tatarian Dogwood
Cornus sericea subsp. sericea 'Elegantissima'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub, 6-8 ft ( m) high, leaves have irregular creamy-white margins and gray-green centers.
- Sun to part shade. Adapts to many soil types, best in moist, well-drained. Prune out part of the old wood each year to encourage more colorful new growth.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 ‘Elegantissima’ and ‘Argenteo-marginata’ may be different variegated forms but probably not distinguished in commerce (i.e., the names and the selections are likely mixed) (Dirr, 2009).
- Cornus alba, and its associated cultivars, are now classified as a subspecies of Cornus sericea, hence Cornus sericea supsp. sericea. However the Cornus alba designation is still sometimes used in in nursery commerce.