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Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Ivory Halo
Additional cultivar information: (PP8722, aka Bailhalo)
Hybridized by Bailey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

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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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jay11 On Jun 21, 2012, Jay11 from Cambridge, MA wrote:

I have had Ivory Halo for several years now. It needed extra watering after planting but has been a beautiful trouble free addition to my partly shady city garden ever since. At night street light gives us a permanent moon garden and ivory halo shines in the dusk.

Positive anelson On Aug 10, 2011, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

We have this shrub growing in part shade and it does very well - the variegation really brightens a dark background. When we brought it home from the sale it did not seem quite as healthy, but we treated it for rust and it gets plenty of air circulation where it is now and seems quite happy.

Positive Wecky On May 12, 2009, Wecky from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted two of these guys along the front of my (north facing) house. It's a burgundy brick, and the dogwoods just pop against the dark color in the shade. They fill out nicely, keep a good shape, and have stayed a nice little 3.5' tall, just under the windows. Can't complain!

Negative ifonly On Jul 27, 2007, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Two of these followed me home from Home Depot last year, I think they were contractor's specials about $15 each. Love them. They remain just under 3' x 3.' One lights up next to a physocarpus Diablo. The other needs a better position - maybe the perennial bed.

The longer I garden, the more I love shrubs, and great foliage is a great plus.

October, 2009: these Ivory Halo shrubs do not look good at the end of the season - the leaves crinkle and are spotted with what looks like rust. In contrast, a yellow twig dogwood planted nearby still looks great - crisp green and white leaves - just gorgeous.

Positive kdjoergensen On Jul 16, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great variegated shrub seen at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens July 2005

Neutral Todd_Boland On Jan 28, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is a dwarf version of the standard 'silverleaf' dogwood, C. alba 'Elegantissima'. Useful to brighten up a shady area where space is limited.


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

Brookfield, Connecticut
Boise, Idaho
Plainfield, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Jefferson, Maine
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Novi, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Tecumseh, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Kansas City, Missouri
Helena, Montana
Beacon, New York
Dallas, Oregon
Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Jacksonville, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

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