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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' Shrub

Black Stem Dogwood
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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 bushes 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.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
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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 tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem tree: 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 give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a 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.

 

Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: bush Size: 40-60cm Root type: 3L pot* Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £25 (inc VAT)
bush 40-60cm 3L pot* £25 (inc VAT)
1
Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Form: bush Size: 50-70cm Root type: 10L pot* Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' bush Price £50 (inc VAT)
bush 50-70cm 10L pot* £50 (inc VAT)
1
Total: £0 (VAT Free)
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