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  • Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub
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  • Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub
  • Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub
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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub

Black Stem Dogwood Bushes

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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.

AKA Black stem Dogwood, Purple stem Dogwood

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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush
3L pot 60-90cm Bush £16.99 (ex. VAT) was £19.99 (ex. VAT)
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush
10L pot 90-120cm Bush £34.99 (ex. VAT) was £39.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an 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 help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to 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 with a height of 1.5-2 metres) 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 trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

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.

Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub (Black Stem Dogwood Bushes) Description

  • 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