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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 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 then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your shrub establish more effectively we advise sprinlkling 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 tree as this can cause problems.

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 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 give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or email sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk.

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 for arrival 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.

Form refers to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. The photos within the product tables can help you visualise it - click on the photo to enlarge it. For more information, see our Tree Forms Guide or phone our team.

Pruned and shaped: A tree that has had pruning to help create a beautiful overall shape, with the pruning being tailored to the variety. It is our most popular form.

Top grafted: A top grafted tree has a height noted next to the form (e.g. 'Top grafted at 45cm'), which refer to the clear stem height. This bare stem will not grow taller, only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small gardens or patios.

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: On our website a bush means a plant with many stems low down, rather than one singular 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 ground to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (the circumference of the stem measured 1m above ground), 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 Supplied Size Form Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Form: Bush Root type: 3L pot Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £16.99 (ex VAT) Was £19.99 (ex VAT)
60-90cm Bush 3L pot £16.99 (ex VAT) Was £19.99 (ex VAT)
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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Supplied Size: 90-120cm Form: Bush Root type: 10L pot Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
90-120cm Bush 10L pot £34.99 (ex VAT) Was £39.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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