PLANT OF THE WEEK

COR­NUS ALBA ’SIBIR­ICA’

Manchester Evening News - - YOUR GARDEN -

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.

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