Common Name: tatarian dogwood
Origin/Ecology: native to eastern and central Asia
Habit: Rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub. It typically matures to 8-10′ tall.
Leaves: Ovate to elliptic, gray-green leaves (to 4.5” long) are broadly edged with cream or white. Fall color is variable, but foliage may acquire some interesting shades of rose and gold.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Creamy white flowers in flat-topped clusters (cymes to 2 1/2″ across) bloom in late spring, sometimes with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering continuing into early summer. Flowers give way to white berries (drupes tinged with blue-green) which ripen in mid-summer.
Bark: Bright red winter stems which are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop
Water Use, Soil: Best in organically rich, consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Tolerant of a wide range of soils.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Naturalistic plantings where plants are allowed to spread and form thickets, property line screens, hedges, shrub borders, winter interest.
Limitations: Susceptible to leaf spot, twig and leaf blights, canker, scale, leaf miner, borers.
Other Features: Tatarian dogwood is similar in appearance to redosier dogwood (C. sericea/stolonifera), but generally does not spread as aggressively. Fruits are attractive to birds.