European Variegated Dogwood

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Superior Showy Shrub European Variegated Dogwood

  • Wonderful, Creamy-White, Variegated Leaves
  • Butterflies Love the White Flower Clusters
  • Pink, Orange and Red Fall Color Display
  • Songbirds Eat the Tiny, White Berries
  • Vivid Red Branches in Winter
  • Fast-Growing
  • Easy to Grow and Maintain
  • Narrower than it is Tall
  • Useful Shape in the Landscape
  • Incredible Screening Hedge
  • Tolerates Wet Soils
  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Nicknamed Tatarian Dogwood

Are you starting a new landscape design from scratch, or trying to fit one more shrub into a lavish garden? You'll want to select easy-care plants like European Variegated Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'). It will provide visual interest in every season and works well in the small home garden.

Fast-growing and adaptable, gray-green leaves emerge with an outstanding variegation that stays vibrant and interesting all summer long. Each leaf is touched with wide, creamy-white leaf margins that bleed into the center.

The overall look is very light and bright. You'll be enchanted with the cream and green foliage of this showy shrub.

Clusters of white flowers develop into tiny berries in fall. You'll attract butterflies and birds with European Variegated Dogwood.

In fall, the foliage can warm up with mellow, sunset hues, depending on the amount of sun it receives. Pink, purple and red are sometimes seen all on the same shrub. The interior leaves can turn harvest gold.

It's a fantastic fall color display. Don't miss out!

Wintertime has its own appeal. If you live in an area with snowy winters, you need to include European Variegated Dogwood. The red stems are phenomenal against the snow in winter.

People in cold regions also love using them for winter decoration for pots and urns. Try them mixed with Holly and evergreen branches for dormant season displays.

They are easy to grow and establish. Give them a simple yearly pruning to thin out some branches for decor. Your plant should look healthy and last for decades in your landscape.

Brighten up the landscape with this stunning variety. You'll love the high quality of the professional landscape-grade material from the expert growers at Nature Hills. Order yours today!

How to Use European Variegated Dogwood in the Landscape

This shrub is a lovely workhorse that can be used throughout your landscape. It won't ask for much, and in return, you get to enjoy a beautiful plant all year-long.

Use this as a very effective and attractive hedge. Plant 3 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

We recommend allowing it to grow naturally as an untrimmed hedge. After all, the foliage itself has an elegant look, and the pretty spring blooms and fall berries are so ornamental.

You'll love how easily it is to maintain. Use it along the edge of the woods or plant near the water's edge. It is dramatic in mass plantings.

It's a great choice anywhere you need a bit more height. Include it in your mixed shrub border, run along your fence as a backdrop to your favorite perennials. You can even add it to the corner of your house in your foundation planting.

Create a winter view with a massed planting of them. Why not start a collection of Redosier Dogwoods with help from Nature Hills? They are so easy, and offer so much interest through the growing season.

They look beautiful on the sunny side of taller evergreens or shelterbelts. Use a long row of them along the driveway as snow fencing.

If you have a low-lying spot in your landscape, plant European Variegated Dogwood near the edge of a Rain Garden. You'll help filter runoff from the rain before it hits your storm sewer.

Grow yours as a shrub, or prune it into a multi or single-stemmed, small tree. The tree form elevates the bright red wood in winter.

You'll love using the cut branches for seasonal decoration. Try them in exterior pots along your front walk, or either side of your front door, or to jazz up your garage doors. Bring them inside for Christmas and winter decor.

Grow your own! You'll have a wonderful resource for the pretty, red stems.

#ProPlantTips for Care

It can tolerate some shade throughout the day, but for the best winter stem color, give it plenty of sun. Apply a thick layer of mulch after planting, to keep the root system nice and cool.

European Variegated Dogwood prefers moist soil that drains quickly. However once they are established, they seem to grow just about anywhere.

They can thrive in wet soils, sand or clay with few maintenance issues or worries.

Prune it hard in late winter to early spring to keep your plants healthy, vigorous and most colorful. Please note that the new growth is the most brilliantly colored.

Each fall, cut out a few of the oldest, thickest stems to the ground. You can use these beautiful branches in your winter pots and urns in the landscape.

Order these elegant, colorful shrubs from Nature Hills today. You'll love them for decades.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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130 - 149.99 41.99
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European Variegated Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus alba 'Argenteo-marginata'
Mature Height 6 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Variegated Cream and Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes