Red Barked Dogwood, Red Twig Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood 'Ivory Halo'

Cornus alba

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Ivory Halo
Additional cultivar information:(PP8722, aka Bailhalo)
Hybridized by Bailey
Registered or introduced: 1992
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

South Jordan, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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!


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.


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

Great variegated shrub seen at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens July 2005


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.