Kesselringii Purple Dogwood Plants
Cornus alba kesselringiiHedge Plants
- Glossy purple young stems.
- Ornamental shrub & hedging.
- Max. Height: 2-3m
- Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar
Cornus Alba Kesselringii - Purple Barked Dogwood
Delivered by Mail Order Direct from our Nursery with a Year Guarantee
Cornus alba Kesselringii is a vigorous shrub with fabulous deep purple, almost black, young bark rich green foliage that turns a deep wine red in autumn. very dark bark does not sound the most exciting, but planted in a group with other dogwoods such as Cornus stolonifera Flaviramea (golden-green stems) and Cornus alba Sibirica (bright red bark) then Cornus alba Kesselringii makes the most stunning winter display. Breathtaking when there is snow on the ground. To add to all that, the stems are much loved by flower arrangers. So it is usually hard pruned as a specimen shrub, but it can be used in a mixed hedge if you like a bit of drama. It prefers a sunny spot and is suitable for any soil but will grow happily in a bog. Cornus alba Kesselringii will reach 3 metres.
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Cornus alba Kesselringii plants are delivered bareroot during winter (Nov-April). Their height is measured in centimetres above the ground (the roots & pots aren't measured).
History & uses of Kesselringii Dogwood:
This variety was bred at the start of the 20th century and is a flower arranger's favourite.
Growing Cornus alba Kesselringii plants:
Cornus alba Kesselringii will grow well in any soil, but it needs at least half a day of full sun. It loves waterlogged soil and will tolerate chalk.
Prepare your site before planting:
Hedge plants like Cornus alba Kesselringii are very tough. The only essential preparation is to kill the weeds in a strip a metre wide along the planting site: improving the soil should not be necessary. If your soil is exceptionally poor and dry, then digging in some well rotted manure and/or compost is worthwhile.
Watch our video on how to plant a garden hedge for full details. The plants in this video are delivered pot-grown, but planting out bareroot stock is essentially the same.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Hedge Planting Accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a hedge planting pack with sheets of mulch fabric and pegs to hold it down.
If you are planting in an area with rabbit and/or deer, you will need to use a plastic spiral guard for each plant, supported by a bamboo cane.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.