The black-stemmed Dogwood comes supplied as 24"-36" high plants. A vigorous deciduous shrub, which in time will form a dense thicket of lush green foliage on dark-red stems in spring, the leaves will gradually become flushed purple in summer accompanied by small white flowers. As the season progresses the foliage increasingly turns red-purple on into late summer/autumn accompanied by white berries. In winter the leaves will fall revealing the bare stems that turn to a beautiful black-purple colour.
Although this Cornus will reach 3 metres in height, in order to preserve the dark stems (lower, older growth gradually looses its colour becoming more red as it ages) Kesselringii needs to be cut down to the base in late winter. In our experience this is best done roughly every 2 to 3 years or so.