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Cornus alba 'Red Gnome'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Gnome
Additional cultivar information: (aka Regnzam, Sibirica Red Gnome)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral kizilod On Sep 15, 2009, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

I planted three of these shrubs four years ago. They are now larger than I thought they would be, with the largest one growing to approximately 6' x 6' (180cmx180cm) even in the years when I cut it back near the ground in the spring. In late summer my Cornus alba shrubs attract the larvae of the Dogwood Sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus). They don't do any lasting harm to the plant, but can bury into wooden siding, which may ultimately lead to woodpecker damage on your house.

Positive Judy_P On May 21, 2004, Judy_P wrote:

This plant was suggested by a landscape gardener as a good foundation plant for this area, which is in Montreal, Canada and is in Zone 5. It has not needed to be winter covered, but is protected from harsh winds because it is near the house.

The pretty little white flowers and white edged leaves are harbingers of spring and the red stems are pretty against the snow in winter.


Neutral Baa On May 25, 2002, Baa wrote:

Upright, deciduous shrub from Siberia, North China and Korea.

Has grey-green, ovate leaves with white leaf margins. Bears flat cymes of white flowers which can be a little over shadowed by the leaves. Also has very showy, bright red stems which are valuable for the winter garden. The leaves don't turn bright red for autumn but they do bear a pink blush.

Flowers May-July.

Tolerates most soils and situations but the winter stems are best in full sun.

To keep the bright red stems they do need to be pruned back hard every few years or only the new growth will be red. Prune back to two or three stems in Spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

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