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SGT. PEPPER™

Tatarian dogwood, white dogwood

Cornus alba

'Verpaalen2'

PP#34,377; CBRAF

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  • Colorful foliage + stems
  • Award winner
  • Durable
Description

Sgt. Pepper dogwood (Cornus alba) is the cure for the dogwood doldrums! The clean green and white variegated foliage emerges in spring with vivid pink tones. In summer, those give way to white and green, until the shorter nights of late summer usher in a return of pink, and all the formerly white leaf margins transform to a bright pink. The stems also begin to turn a lovely deep red then for unforgettable color. This is such an incredibly pretty and unique dogwood that is sure to have major impulse appeal at the garden center. It's almost like a tri-color beech in dogwood form! We are delighted to make this unique European variety available in North America. 

Awards
Bronze Award KVBC Summer Challenge 2021
USDA Zone
3 - 7 (-40°F/-40°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun
Height
4-6'
Width
6-8'
Finish Time
1 season
Type
Deciduous
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Green, Variegated
Liner Sizes

Soil

Highly adaptable, but does best in moist, even wet soils. Tolerates dry conditions once established.

Pruning

Not strictly required. However, for best red stem coloration, prune about a third of the branches to the ground in late winter/early spring.

Uses

Mass plantings; cutting gardens; naturalizing; hedges; rain gardens; cutting gardens; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips

Excellent as a cut stem for foliage filler.