Cornus albus Ivory Halo
Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo' photo Monrovia

Variegated Dogwood

'Ivory Halo' is prized for its colourful stems, variegated foliage, and compact size. This dwarf dogwood has brilliant red winter stems and showy, light green leaves with creamy white margins, and at only two-thirds the size of many of its species. Use it to provide multi-season interest in shrub borders, mass plantings, or as a low hedge. Deciduous.

  • Height: 1.2 -1.8 m (4-6 ft)
  • Spread: 1.2 -1.8 m (4-6 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 3-7
  • Sun or Shade: sun to part shade
  • Bloom Time: early spring
  • Leaf Colour: green and white
  • Bloom Colour: yellowish white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Ivory Halo' grows best in organically rich, consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. However, it is tolerant of a wide range of soils. Established shrubs tolerate some dry soils as well as occasional standing water. It spreads by suckering, so remove unwanted stems with a shovel. The best stem colour occurs on young stems so many gardeners choose to remove 20-25% of the oldest stems in early spring of each year to stimulate growth of new stems which will display the best colour.