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Old 07-30-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I recently saw this shrub while on vacation in the Midwest. It has light green oblong leaves with white along the edges.

I think it might be cornus sericea "Silver and Gold," which is part of the dogwood family.

I took some pictures:






What kind is it? What can you tell me about this shrub? I live in NC in zone 7. Will it grow here? Can it tolerate full sun? Will the stems turn red in the winter? What will the leaves do in the fall? How long will the white flowers last?

Any information will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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It certainly looks like it could be the dogwood....the only other possibility I can think of is variegated weigela.
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Old 07-31-2010, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Hartwell--IN THE City of Cincinnati
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variegated red twig dogwood ---I have one ;-)
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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It certainly looks like it could be the dogwood....the only other possibility I can think of is variegated weigela.
That was my first thought too, but the leaves are a little different than the variegated weigela I have. So I'm going to say it's the redtwig dogwood.

And yes, they do grow in this zone. I have the regular green ones and they're doing great. Very easy to propagate too. Just stick a cutting in soil and leave it in the shade for a few weeks.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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Yes, the variegation on the weigela I had (didn't make it, but the neighbors' did....we all got together and ordered some) was more of a yellowish color than this bush.

It sure is beautiful. I've always wanted one, but I've never even seen one for sale anywhere, and I don't usually order stuff through the mail much.

Plus, I want every plant I see.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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It really is a pretty bush. Dogwoods tend to do better when they get some light shade especially in more southern gardens. Out of curiosity I looked up some info.

The variety seems to be 'Ivory Halo' and the full latin name is Cornus alba "Ivory Halo'. Most of the people who have reported on it at Dave's Garden seem to have more northern gardens. PlantFiles: Detailed information on Red Barked Dogwood, Red Twig Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo'

The following site sells them but also has a helpful description of pruning and situating the shrub. Judging from these and a few more places I'd guess putting this shrub where it gets a bit of afternoon shade from larger shrubs or trees would up the success rate in a zone 7 garden. Compact shrubs for easy gardens
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks to everyone for all of the great help!

The spot I was thinking about putting in it gets absolutely no shade, so I suppose I will have to think about another kind of shrub.

Again, thanks everyone!
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Fwiw, most of the redtwig dogwoods I see down here in SC get covered in a dark fungus by this time of the year. They don't like these warm humid nights.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Fwiw, most of the redtwig dogwoods I see down here in SC get covered in a dark fungus by this time of the year. They don't like these warm humid nights.
Well, then they sure wouldn't like it where I am!

Oh well, can't grow everything, I guess.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:10 AM
 
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Oh well, can't grow everything, I guess.
LOL You have a pretty good and long growing season and lots of choices, you have to leave something for your more northern buddies. I still remember hearing about how the daffodils were blooming or the cherry trees were out or the forsythia were finishing from relatives in the south when I was looking at another 12 inches of snow in my garden.... then see all my leaves already down and hear about this or that "still blooming!" come fall.
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