A deciduous bushy hedging plant which responds well to trimming. 'Common Dogwood' - our native hedgerow species, greenish, red-flushed stems with rich purple autumn colour as seen in the above image. Native to UK.
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- Flower Colour: pure white
- Stem Colour: dark green turning to deep purple in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 2m (6’8”)
- Flowering Period: summer
- Tolerance: damp tolerant
- Growing Habit: upright, bushy
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized shrub
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 60-90cm (2-3ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: all soils
- Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 30-40cm (1ft-1’4”)
Dogwood can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-120cm (3-4ft).