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cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 137
Can anyone recommend a cornus that would give the brightest red stems.
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589
    Cornus alba sibirica.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 948
    Agree. 
    Very easy to start from cuttings if you know anybody that has it. 
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120
    cornus midwinter fire is very vibrant mixture of orange and yellow. RHS Harlow Carr uses them to great affect by planting en mass.
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  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120
    Oops sorry, misread, you want red!🥴
    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,589
    I find Midwinter Fire fussy.   It resents being hard pruned to get a whole new set of colourful stems each year, easily gets frost bite and suckers like mad when it does decided it's happy.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • floraliesfloralies Haute-Garonne SW FrancePosts: 1,793
    Cornus Alba Baton Rouge. I have these and they are very intense red in the winter - they will not disappoint.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,101
    edited December 2020
    I have Cornus alba Elegantissima. It's maybe not the brightest red, but it has variegated leaves so is nice in summer as well as in winter.
  • I agree with Cornus alba Elegantissima being both bright stemmed and good-looking foliage. I have two.
  • cowslip2cowslip2 Posts: 137
    Many thanks for those fine suggestions. One of the reasons for wanting a good colour, was that a friend was hoping to use the young stems for twining among willow to enhance the making of willow baskets. All good fun!
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 805
    JennyJ said:
    I have Cornus alba Elegantissima. It's maybe not the brightest red, but it has variegated leaves so is nice in summer as well as in winter.
    And it looks lovely in summer partnered with Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'
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