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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub

Black Stem Dogwood Bushes
  • From £29.99 (ex VAT)

Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' is a deciduous Dogwood shrub with deep red shoots that turn a blackened-plum colour in winter. It 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 to reveal the dramatic dark stems.

A very hardy and vigorous growing shrub, Cornus 'Kesselringii' will grow well in most soil conditions. It is suited to either full sun or partial shade and copes with some exposure to the elements.

Dogwoods look great either individually or as a group for adding drama in autumn and winter borders. We also offer additional Dogwood shrubs with a variety of stem colours.

AKA Black stem Dogwood, Purple stem Dogwood

  • Common name: Black Stem Dogwood 'Kesselringii'
  • Great for: Year round interest & deep red-purple stems
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres
  • Soil: Suited to all soils
  • Position: Full to part sun
  • Pruning: 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. Water generously around the base. The help and advice has more detailed information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrubs

Water well and regularly for the first spring and summer, increasing in periods of hot or dry weather. Avoid over watering as Dogwood shrubs don't like wet soil. When planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Take care to water the soil, not the leaves which can lead to scorching - irrigation kits help.

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 Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

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

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

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.

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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

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

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

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 branches of the 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

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: Bush Supplied Size: 40-60cm Root type: 3L pot* Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £29.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 40-60cm 3L pot* £29.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Oct 2022
Ready by: 31st Oct 2022
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: Bush Supplied Size: 50-70cm Root type: 10L pot* Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 50-70cm 10L pot* £59.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Oct 2022
Ready by: 31st Oct 2022
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)