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Variegated Dogwood vs Northern Red Currant

Cornus alba argenteo-marginata

Ribes triste

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Variegated Dogwood
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Variegated Dogwood is a small shrub that is often used in the first row of a shelterbelt, as a hedge, or for soil stabilization projects. It has the same distinctive red bark, white flowers, and berries as Red Osier Dogwood.

The key difference between the two is the leaves. Where Red Osier's leaves are green throughout, Variegated Dogwood has a white outline around each leaf, giving this shrub a distinctive look.

The Northern Red Currant is also known as the Swamp Red currant due to its preference for moist soil. As long as the soil is wet, this shrub can live in any degree of sunlight.

The currant itself is a bright red-purple berry enjoyed by many animals and some people for its sour flavour, similar to garden red currants. The flowers of this shrub are tiny and red or greenish-purple.

VARIEGATED DOGWOOD QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 2.1 m (7 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: tatarian dogwood
Other Names: swamp red currant


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