Cornus alba 'Ivy Halo®'


Tips for Homeowners:

Young stems have the brightest color. To keep the best red ones, prune out 1/3 of the oldest branches in late winter. Every 3-4 years it might be necessary to remove all stems down to the ground in early spring to stimulate fresh new growth. This may affect flowering, but only for one season.

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A compact flowering shrub that is very adaptable to growing conditions and has attractive features all four seasons.

  • Compact form
  • Variegated leaves of gray-green and creamy white
  • Blood-red stems in winter

Ideal planted where the shrub can spread and colonize, and where winter stem color can be best appreciated.

Height: 5-6 ft
Spread: 5-6 ft
Zone: 3-7
Color: White

Interesting Notes about Dogwood:

It is not often when a plant is admired as much for its winter display than the rest of the seasons, but this shrub with its brilliant red stems shows up even from a distance. The shrub prefers moist soils and it does spread to the point of colonizing, which is perfect for naturalizing.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Focal Point
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Winter Interest
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • White
  • Variegated
  • Gray
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Full Shade
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Early Color

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained