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#1 of 2 Old 04-21-2004, 02:24 PM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for a small bush/tree to plant at the front of my house. Is this a good choice for an area that really doesn't get any sun (northern exposure)? I think that it would be too big for the area I have if I left it to grow but I can trim it to the size I want, right? Also, is this the one that has red branches all throughout the year, winter included? It would be very nice to have that extra little bit of colour.
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I know this plant as Variegated Redtwig Dogwood (Cornus alba 'Elegantissima')--it has the white edge around green leaves, Red twigs look great in winter.

It will grow with little or no direct sun, but will be somewhat sparse and sometimes gets fungus/powdery mildew in late summer on the leaves if it's a moist area. You can definitely prune this plant heavily. In fact, you'll need to cut it back to keep the twigs bright red, as older stems lose the red.

I usually recommend that people cut out the older stems every other year, and prune the whole thing down to about 2-3 inches tall on the opposite year (really). In the shade, you may want to just remove the older wood (right to the ground) and prune the newer branches back annually, depending on how vigorous the growth is....

This plant does need a fair amount of water, so keep that in mind.
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