Hedge plants

Tatar dogwood - plant, fertilize and cut


Would you like more color in your garden? Then the easy-care Tatar dogwood (Cornus Alba) is just the thing for your green oasis.

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The Tatarian dogwood, also known as the white dogwood, is a medium-high, deciduous shrub that blooms from May to July. The dense inflorescences have a diameter of three to five millimeters and are covered with numerous small, white to yellowish flowers. In addition, pea-sized, white to light blue fruits form until late summer.

The leaves of the dogwood are oblong-oval, tapering and have clearly visible leaf veins and light hair. In autumn, the strong green leaves turn yellow to orange-red. The bark of the Cornus Alba also turns purple in autumn from whitish to whitish to dark red with some brown markings. Some subspecies even have two-colored leaves that look very decorative with their white-green pattern. The Tatar dogwood ensures a neat color explosion in your garden.

  • Family: Dogwood family
  • Genus: Dogwood / Cornus
  • Type: Tatar dogwood
  • Botanical name: Cornus alba

Growth and growth behavior of the Tatar dogwood

The deciduous trees are often planted as ornamental shrubs in the garden and in parks. No wonder, because with the striking play of colors in all parts of the plant, the Tatar dogwood is a beautiful eye-catcher. However, Cornus Alba does not only look good in a single position. It is also a real eye-catcher as a hedge or windbreak and can even be planted on the edge of a body of water.

The shrub is generally between three and five meters high and two to four meters wide. It grows up to 70 centimeters per year. While the young plant has an upright growth, the branches overhang in older specimens.

Location and soil conditions

The Tatarian dogwood can take any location from sun to shade. He loves loose, humus-rich soils. The plant also has no problem with a moist substrate. The white dogwood thrives even on wet and peaty surfaces. The Cornus Alba is therefore perfect for any garden.

Care instructions and prevention against pests and diseases

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To water:

The hardy shrub is robust and easy to care for. It is important that the soil is always slightly damp from spring to autumn. In a very sunny location, you can prevent with a thick layer of mulch. Recommended reading: Make your own mulch - Here's how!


Fertilizer is not necessary. In spring you can work a little compost into the soil. Be careful, however, because the Cornus Alba is one of the flat rooters. If you are not careful, the roots could quickly be damaged.


When cutting, the Tatar dogwood is also completely insensitive. He even tolerates radical cuts. The ideal time for a topiary is in spring. But he does not resent other appointments. With a radical cut, old and gray branches can be removed. The dogwood will then sprout without any problems.

Diseases and pests:

Diseases and pests are not known in the white dogwood. It is therefore more than easy to care for.