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Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-16

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redtwig ossier

Cornus alba 'Gouchaulti'

Redtwig ossier, shrub dogwood

Plantidote pal NWLuna sent this incredible image and a second one, below the fold, that's equally amazing. Here's the story that goes with them:

Two fall colors in backlit leaves of Cornus alba 'Gouchaulti', a redtwig ossier or shrub dogwood. They are deciduous, have variegated green and yellow foliage with dark red stems and branches that offer color in winter. They can grow to 6 to 8 feet tall and wide, but can be kept much shorter by cutting back every year or two. This also keeps them looking better in winter, as the red color is much brighter in young branches and stems. Hardy to minus 30F.

These leaves are so beautiful, I couldn't decide which photo to use, so here's the second one:


Thank you, NWLuna!! This is something a lot of us would never see if you hadn't taken the time to shoot it and send it in. And it's beautifully shot. Much appreciated!


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Submitted by NWLuna on

(shrub dogwood) so you can see what the leaves look like in summer:

I also grow Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima', and here's a link to a photo of it in late summer showing the nice dark red stems:

And another link to yet another red-twig dogwoods in winter:

BTW the GreatPlantPicks website is a wonderful info source for gardeners.

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Submitted by twig on

I love the two-toned leaves and red stems. Plus, red leaves in winter -- beauty!

Also, I've never seen the GreatPlantPicks website before -- an excellent resource. That should be very helpful for mystery plants.