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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub

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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is a deciduous shrub with deep red shoots that darken and turn a blackish-purple colour in winter. Kesselringii’ has ovate green leaves and small cream flowers in spring or summer. These are followed by white berries and the leaves turning red in autumn, before dropping and revealing the dramatic dark stem.

'Kesselringii' is a very hardy and vigorous growing shrub that will grow well in most soil conditions. It is suited to either full sun or partial shade. Dogwoods look great either individually or as a group for adding drama in autumn and winter borders.

We also offer other Dogwood shrubs with different coloured stems.

AKA Black stem Dogwood, Purple stem Dogwood

  • Common name: Black stem dogwood 'Kesselringii'
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Young stems are deep red turning blackish-purple
  • Soil: Suited to all soils
  • Prune hard around February to enjoy colourful new stems

Planting Advice for Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrubs

Pot grown Kesselringii Dogwood shrubs can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5x as wide. To help your shrub establish more effectively we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole, especially if you have poor soil.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the plant. The help and advice has more detailed information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrubs

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water the shrub a little. Make sure to keep an eye on the young shrub and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Make sure not to over water as, whilst they tolerate damp soil, Dogwoods do not like wet soil.

Pruning Advice For Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrubs

Do not prune Kesselringii Dogwood shrubs in the first year. Each subsequent year we recommend pruning hard around February. If you leave the pruning to the end of February or even early March, you will benefit from enjoying the colourful stem for a little longer without any detrimental effect on spring growth.

Follow pruning by mulching and fertilising to encourage new growth, as it is this new growth that displays the vivid colours.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: Bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 3L pot Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £16.99 (ex VAT) Was £19.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 60-90cm 3L pot £16.99 (ex VAT) Was £19.99 (ex VAT)
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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: Bush Supplied Size: 90-120cm Root type: 10L pot Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 90-120cm 10L pot £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
1
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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