04/09: New seed harvest coming in, plug plant delivery 1-2 weeks. Now accepting orders for bare root plants for delivery from November. £50 minimum order.

Cornus sanguinea, common dogwood
Common dogwood

Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)

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Common Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)

Common Dogwood, Cornus sanguinea, is a large, colourful and versatile native shrub. It does well in most conditions and soils and suckers freely, making it a good hedging plant for wet soils in particular, although it lays poorly. Dogwood's all year round interest is hard to beat; red spring twigs and autumn foliage, delicate white flowers in the spring, and black berries.

Dogwood was known to Chaucer as "Whipple Tree", and the origins of its current name are obscure. They are sometimes said to lie in the Anglo-Saxon "dag" (skewer or dagger), for which the plants hard wood might have been used - it was also used for toothpicks. Possibly they might refer to dogberries not being fit for a dog to eat, although the birds like them.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees

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See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Dogwood plants.

All these Dogwood plants are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Dogwood plants between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.


  • Ultimate Height


  • Ultimate Spread


  • Time to Ultimate Height

    5 years


  • Type

    Clay, loam, chalk, sand - wet

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline


  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun