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Cornus sanguinea, Common Dogwood, is a native, vigorous shrub that makes an ideal country hedging plant. It is suitable for any soil and loves very wet sites.
Cornus sanguinea is good for hedges up to about 3-4 metres high
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Cornus sanguinea hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
Choosing a size:
When you are ordering Cornus sanguinea plants for a hedge, we generally recommend that you use plants that are graded at 40/60cms or 60/80cms. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and they will establish well in poor conditions.
Use the larger, 90/120cms high plants if you want a tall hedge quickly, or for instant impact as a specimen shrub.
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Cornus sanguinea hedge:
Plant Cornus sanguinea hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
General description of Cornus sanguinea plants:
This is the native British dogwood. It is a large deciduous shrub with red/green stems in spring, white flowers in summer and black fruit in September and October. It is a great country hedge plant and is a classic component of a mixed native hedge.
Cornus sanguinea is a bit too untidy to make it a desirable a specimen shrub but it can be allowed to grow freely as wildlife cover.
History & uses of Common Dogwood:
The name Dogwood comes from the Saxon Dagwood or "skewer-wood". The stems of Common Dogwood are very straight, can be sharpened easily and are ideal as skewers for your home made barbeques during those long hot English summers.