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Ivory Halo Dogwood

Ivory Halo Dogwood shrub is very similar to its cousin, the variegated red twig dogwood but it is a dwarf variety. This shrub has the red branches for winter interest and a light green leaf edged in creamy white the rest of the year.

Very small white flower clusters bloom in spring, followed by white/blue berries. In the fall, the leaves may develop a purple-red color when temperatures are cold enough.

You may find this cultivar under many other names, such as Silverleaf Tartarian Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood or Semi-dwarf Variegated Red Osier Dogwood.

Landscaping Ideas for the Ivory Halo

ivory halo dogwood Ivory Halo Dogwood is perfect for borders or in a mass planting. It makes a nice low hedge.

Plant it with other dogwoods or contrasting shrubs to make a nice appearance. Use it as an edging plant or in a shady woodland garden.

The variegated color will brighten up a shady spot. It naturalizes easily and will soon appear as if it has grown in that spot forever.

This moderate growing shrub will provide year round interest with its variegated foliage and red twigs. The red twigs look lovely in a vase. Use them as part of your indoor d├ęcor in the winter.

Be sure to plant it somewhere that you can enjoy its beauty. The tiny flowers attract butterflies to the garden. This plant looks nice planted with blue holly or Japanese kerria.

Planting and Pruning

Ivory Halo Dogwood likes sun to partial shade. Plant it somewhere with moist soil. Water regularly, especially during hot dry weather.

Prune this shrub to remove branches that are damaged or cross others. If you remove one third of the older stems in late winter or early spring, you will encourage new growth for more bright red stems the following winter.

If you want to keep this plant a smaller size, encourage bushy growth or make sure you get the best winter color, prune the plant back to the ground every year in late winter or early spring.

Ivory Halo Dogwood is resistant to most pests and diseases.

Dogwood Information

  • Scientific Name: Cornus alba 'Bailhalo'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foliage: Deciduous; variegated green and white

  • Bloom: Tiny white blossoms in clusters in late spring; turn to clusters of blue/white drupes during the summer

  • Fall Color: May get shades of purple-red, depending on temperature

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 5 to 6 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide in a round dwarf habit

  • Pruning: Cut back in late winter or early spring to encourage new red growth for winter

  • Watering: Likes moist ground

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7

  • Spacing: Plant 3 to 4 feet apart for hedges

Where to Buy Online

Nature Hills offers this dogwood in a 2 gallon pot which I think is much better than buying it bare rooted. Click here to order yours today

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