Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea'
Description: Cornus 'Argentea', also known as Silver Pagoda Dogwood has stunning, variegated foliage and a striking tiered habit after several years of growth. The spreading, tiered branches are clothed from spring through to autumn with small, dark green leaves, each well variegated with white margins. Attractive clusters of white flowers appear in summer, sitting on the surface of the tiered branches, contrasting beautifully with the variegated leaves. In autumn, they turn reddish-purple before dropping.
History: Native to the forests of eastern North America, where it thrives along the edges of wooded areas and swamps. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
Cornus Growing Tips: Thrives in fertile, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil. Unsuitable for shallow, chalky soils.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2.5m