Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo' Dogwood
Ivory Halo is noted for its compact size, variegated (white-edged) leaves and bright red twigs in winter. It is a rapid-growing, multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub that grows to a maximum size of 4-6' tall on erect, usually unbranched stems. The outstanding ornamental features of this cultivar are:
(1) bright red winter stems which are particularly showy against a snowy backdrop
(2) ovate to elliptic, medium/dark green leaves (to 4.5" long) which are edged with white.
Tiny, yellowish-white flowers appear in flat-topped clusters (to 2.5" diameter) in late spring, with sparse, intermittent, additional flowering sometimes continuing into summer. Flowers give way to clusters of blue-white drupes in summer. Fruit is quite attractive to birds and is generally considered to have as much if not more ornamental interest than the flowers. Fall color is variable, but foliage may turn attractive shades of purple-red.
Height: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Yellowish-white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Hedge, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Erosion