PLANT OF THE WEEK
CORNUS ALBA ’SIBIRICA’
NOW we are in the depths of mid-winter, hidden gems emerge as deciduous trees stand stripped of their leaves.
Ordinary shrubs reveal their surprising beauty as the vivid colours of their bare stems become apparent. Dogwoods (cornus) are noted for their vibrant coloured stems which range from a zingy green to fiery oranges and deep reds. ’Sibirica’ has rich crimson stems which look wonderful when lit up by a wintry sun.
For best colour, you should hard prune dogwoods annually in March.
It’s good for wildlife as well with nectar-rich flowers and seeds for the birds and grows in most types of soil.