Derain white: photos and varieties

Derain white is found in the wild not only on the territory of Russia, but also on other continents. Due to its beautiful appearance, this plant is well known to many lovers of ornamental shrubs and landscape designers. It can decorate the garden at any time of the year, while caring for it is very simple and will not be difficult even for inexperienced gardeners.

Description of the white deren

In the botanical literature, the following synonyms for this plant can often be found:

  1. Dogwood is white.
  2. White svidina.
  3. Svida is white.
  4. Telikrania is white.

White Derain (CornusAlba) is a perennial deciduous shrub with straight shoots. Belongs to the Kizilov family, the Kizilov family.

The main characteristics of the white turf are given in the table.




Smooth, arcuate curved in old age, various shades of reddish (in springtime - bright red) color.


Elliptical, with a smooth edge, up to 10 cm in length and up to 7 cm in width. Petioles are short, up to 1 cm. 3-5 arcuate veins are clearly distinguished on the leaf plate. The leaf plate is dark green above, gray below, pubescent on both sides.


Corollas with 4 white petals, collected in dense shields up to 5 cm in diameter at the ends of the shoots.


Bluish inedible drupes, when ripe are white or slightly bluish.


From the North-Western part of Russia to the Far East. Found in Western Europe, Mongolia and Japan, China and Korea.

Crown diameter of white deren

An adult white turf shrub can grow to a considerable size. Individual specimens can grow up to 5 m in diameter. Bushes often standing next to each other are intertwined, forming impenetrable thickets. This feature of the white dogwood is used by landscape designers when creating hedges.

The height of the white turf

Free-standing svidina bushes can grow up to 3 m in height. In decorative gardening and landscape design, their growth is often artificially limited by pruning the shoots at a height of 1.5-1.7 m and giving them a rounded shape.

How fast does white dogwood grow?

White dogwood is distinguished by its rapid growth of shoots. Over the course of a year, their length can increase by 0.5 m or more, depending on the care and weather conditions.

Derain white in landscape design

Derain white is a real find for novice landscape designers. This plant looks great in individual plantings and in groups, while it does not lose its decorative effect even in winter. Its crown can be formed without fear of the consequences, since the shrub tolerates pruning well.

Derain white in landscape design - in the photo below.

Derain white is widely used for landscaping streets, parks and squares, it is unpretentious and undemanding to care, it perfectly tolerates the vagaries of the weather and gas pollution in megacities. Often it is planted in the territories of health care institutions, hospitals and sanatoriums.

White turf hedge

Growing hedges is one of the main directions of using white turf in landscape design. This is due to the decorative properties of this shrub; it does not lose its attractiveness at any time of the year. Derain is unpretentious in care and undemanding to soil. It is easy to form and tolerates pruning very well. Hedges perfectly mask simple or nondescript fences, giving the area a more presentable look. They can also act as independent elements of a landscape gardening composition.

Growing a white turf hedge is pretty easy. For this, seedlings are planted in a row at a distance of 1-1.2 m from each other. After a year (for autumn planting - after a year and a half), all the bushes are cut to the same height - 15-20 cm from the ground. This is done in early spring, before the beginning of the growing season. With the help of this technique, the growth of lateral shoots is stimulated, the thickening of the bushes is artificially increased, the hedge is obtained more dense. When the bushes reach the age of 3 years, you can start forming the crown, cutting it in accordance with the selected type.

Derain white at a young age has rather flexible shoots, so it is often used to form arches and semi-arches, thus making paths and alleys. Initially, the branches are fixed with twine, giving them the desired direction. Over time, the shrub gets used to it and retains the necessary shape on its own.

What is the combination of white woodland

Derain is not an antagonist and goes well with almost all garden plants. It grows well next to other shrubs: barberry, spray roses, boxwood. For decorative purposes, it is often planted next to conifers.

Deren white varieties

Derain white has quite a few varieties and varieties. Many of them are used in landscaping. Here are the most famous ones:

  1. Derain white-bordered.
  2. Derain white Kesselringi.
  3. Derain white Siberian.
  4. Derain white Argenteomarginata.
  5. Deren Ivorichalo.
  6. Derain White Cream Cracker.
  7. Derain white Pearl.
  8. Derain white Svidina.
  9. Derain white Gochaulti.
  10. Derain white Variegata.
  11. Derain white Shpet (Spaethii).

Photos and descriptions of the main varieties of white deren are given below.

Derain white-bordered

Derain white-bordered is a low shrub of deciduous type, widespread in Russia, Europe and North America. Its distinctive feature is the leaves: pointed-ovoid, with a pronounced light stripe along the edge of the leaf plate. Thanks to this, the bush has a light openwork appearance, therefore, many are used to decorate summer cottages and adjoining territories. In autumn, the color of the leaves changes to crimson with purple hues.

The tree is beautiful white-bordered and during flowering, at this time it forms magnificent caps of white flowers. In their place, brushes of small blue-white berries then ripen, which also look quite attractive.

Derain white Kesselringi

Derain white Kesselringi (Kesselringii) is a deciduous shrub up to 3 m tall with a spreading crown. It is used for decorative purposes due to its attractive appearance. Differs in straight shoots of purple-violet, almost black color, very impressive looking in autumn, winter and spring.

The leaves are dark green above and gray below, with a red-brown tint, oval, up to 12 cm long. In autumn, the leaf plate is painted in red-violet or brown-red colors. Blooms in early summer. Flowers are small, milky or cream-colored, collected in shields up to 5 cm in diameter.The fruits of the white Kesselringa deren are spherical drupes, milky in color with a blue tint.

Important! A feature of the white Kesselringa turf is that only shoots no older than 2 years have a bright color.

Therefore, to preserve the decorative appearance, it is necessary to carry out constant anti-aging pruning, stimulating the growth of new branches.

Derain white Siberian

This variety is also called the white dogwood of Siberia (Sibirica). It is a deciduous shrub up to 2.5 m high and a crown diameter of up to 2 m. A distinctive feature of the variety is the bright red color of young shoots. They can be bloody or coral. Over time, the bark darkens, and its color becomes brown.

Leaves are variegated, green with white, in autumn their color can change to yellow, purple or purple. Blooms in late May or early June. Flowers are small, collected in small-sized inflorescences.

Derain white Argenteomarginata

Derain white Argenteomarginata leaves partly reminiscent of Siberia, but it has larger bushes. Their height can exceed 3 m, the crown can reach 3 m in diameter. Shoots are smooth, straight, coral or red in color. Leaves are gray-green with an uneven white border, 3-8 cm long, ovoid, pointed. In autumn, their color turns to purple-red.

It usually blooms twice: the first time in May, the second in September. The flowers are small, yellowish-white, collected in corymbose inflorescences 3-5 cm in diameter. Fruits are round drupes of milky color, when ripe they acquire a bluish tint.

Deren Ivorichalo

Derain white IvoryHalo (Cornusalba ‘IvoryHalo’) is a low compact deciduous shrub, the height of which does not exceed 1.5 m. Shoots are thin, even, vertically growing, unbranched. The color of the bark can vary from dark red to cherry red.

The leaves are medium-sized, with an uneven white border, green, pointed. The lower part of the plate is lighter. In autumn, the leaves turn purple-red. Flowers are small, yellowish, growing in small corymbose inflorescences. Fruits are berry-like, few in number, spherical, medium-sized, milky, and when ripe are pale blue in color.

Derain White Cream Cracker

Cream Cracker is another deren variety very popular with landscape designers around the world. It is a low, up to 1.5 m, compact bush with a loose crown. Shoots are even, vertical, purple-red.

Young leaves are green, with a white border around the edges, over time, the color of the border changes to cream. The flowers are small, cream-colored, collected in medium-sized inflorescences in the form of scutes. In their place, then a few berry-like milky fruits are formed.

Derain White Pearl

This variety is completely called the Pearl of Siberia (Cornusalba ‘Siberian Pearls’). It is a fairly tall (2-2.2 m) deciduous shrub with bright red shoots.

The leaves are dark green, slightly wrinkled, the lower part of the leaf plate is bluish. In autumn they turn purple-red. Blooms very profusely in early June. Fragrant white flowers are collected in large convex corymbose inflorescences. Fruiting is just as abundant. Berries are numerous, milky in color; when ripe they acquire a pinkish-bluish tint.

Derain white Svidina

Svidina is one of the names of the white deren (Cornusalba). An adult bush of this plant usually reaches 3 m in height, the diameter of its crown becomes the same size. It is a deciduous shrub with red shoots.

The leaves are dark green, slightly wrinkled, ovoid with a pointed end. In autumn they become violet-red. Blooms in May, less often in June. Numerous medium-sized white flowers are collected in inflorescences in the form of scutes. Fruits are drupes of a milky color; when ripe they become bluish.

Derain white gochaulti

Derain white Gouchaultii (Cornusalba Gouchaultii) is a rather tall (3 m and more) spreading shrub of deciduous type. Shoots are dark red, smooth, thin.

The leaves of this variety of white deren are green, egg-shaped, pointed, have an uneven border of yellow with a pinkish tinge. White flowers, grow in corymbose inflorescences. Fruits are spherical, white or bluish.

Derain white Variegata

This variety is also called Sibirika Variegata. It is a low deciduous shrub, reaching a height of 1.5 m. Variegata differs from Siberia by the presence of a creamy white border on dark green leaves. In autumn, their color changes to purple, yellow or violet.

Shoots are long, thin, even. The bark is coral red to dark brown in color. It can bloom twice a year: the first time in May, the second in early autumn. The flowers are whitish-cream, small, collected in a scutellum. Fruits are round, milky with a blue tint.

Planting and leaving the white deren

White derain is an extremely unpretentious plant that does not require special care. It has no special requirements for soil composition, irrigation frequency or disease prevention. The homeland of this plant is Siberia, so the shrub is hardy, winter-hardy and picky.

Terms and rules for planting a white deren

For the most decorative look, it is better to choose open areas or light partial shade. This is not decisive for the development of the plant, although it gives it a great decorative effect. This shrub grows well on moist fertile soils, but this factor can be ignored. Any areas are suitable for planting: clay, rocky soil, sand - white turf will grow everywhere if a sufficient level of moisture is provided.

For planting, it is better to choose autumn or early spring. If a seedling has a clod of earth on its roots, this is almost a 100% guarantee that it will take root. At this time, planting pits are prepared about a third larger than the volume of the root system of the seedling. If the soil is poor, before planting, it is worth adding a small amount of complex mineral fertilizer or humus to the hole.

The landing procedure is not difficult. The seedling is placed vertically in the hole so that the root collar is at ground level. Then the root system is covered with earth, lightly tamped and watered abundantly in the root zone. If the planting was carried out in the spring, it is better to mulch the ground around the seedling with peat, this will help retain moisture.

Watering the white turf

As a rule, watering is not required for this shrub. If the planting site is chosen correctly, soil moisture and atmospheric precipitation will be quite enough. An exception can be made only during dry summer periods. At this time, you can water the bushes once a week at the rate of 1-2 buckets of water for each bush.

Top dressing

It is not necessary to feed the shrub. Some decorative species can be fed once a year, in spring, by introducing a complex mineral fertilizer into the root zone. Peat or humus will serve as additional feeding if you mulch the root zone with it.

When to cut white turf

This shrub grows quickly and chaotically, therefore, without pruning, it will very soon resemble a large, shapeless heap. Plants are cut several times per season. In the spring, they carry out a sanitary cut, removing dried or broken branches. The rest of the time, the selected crown shape is maintained, while the haircut is done every 3-4 weeks. The last time the bush is cut is usually in late July or early August.

The bright red stems of the plant serve as a decoration for the garden in winter. Therefore, rejuvenating pruning "on a stump", ie, the shortening of white turf bushes to a height of 15–20 cm from the ground to stimulate the growth of new shoots is done in early spring, before the beginning of the growing season. After pruning, it is necessary to sprinkle the hemp with ash to avoid infection.

Pruning and shaping the white turf bush

Full crown formation can begin after the shrub reaches the age of 3 years. Most often, white turf is used in group planting to form hedges, so the crown is cut in accordance with the chosen style: hemisphere, rectangle, etc. Separately growing ornamental bushes are most often formed in the form of various geometric shapes. Professionals often form a bush in the form of chess pieces, animals, a candle flame.

Preparing for winter

In view of the tremendous frost resistance of most varieties of this plant, no preparation for the winter period is carried out. It is enough just to cover the bush with snow. Only young bushes of non-frost-resistant varieties are dug up and stored in the basement in winter.

Blooming white deren

The shrub blooms quite beautifully. Small white or creamy flowers are collected in small inflorescences - shields. The size of each inflorescence depends on the variety and is about 5 cm.

Derain usually blooms in May or early June, but many varieties bloom again in early autumn.

Reproduction of white deren

This ornamental shrub can be propagated by any vegetative method:

  • cuttings;
  • layering;
  • dividing the bush.

The seed method of reproduction is also acceptable, but it is not used due to the long periods of time. In addition, this method does not preserve the varietal characteristics of the plant.

How to propagate white turf by cuttings

In spring and autumn, cuttings can be harvested using strong shoots with well-developed buds. There should be 7-10 of them on each handle. They are usually rooted in early spring. The cut is processed with a weak solution of succinic acid. Then the cuttings are planted in a container with nutrient soil and placed under a film.

If rooting has occurred, all the buds will open and put forth new leaves. During the summer, it is necessary to periodically water and ventilate the container with cuttings, as well as feed them with a fertilizer solution or organic matter. By the fall, the seedlings will have their own developed root system and can be transplanted to a permanent place.

How to propagate by layering

Often, a plant takes root in this way on its own, if its growing shoots touch the ground. To obtain layering, it is enough in the spring to fix one of the flexible lateral stems at the surface of the earth and sprinkle it with soil. If the area is watered regularly, the shoot will take root and release a new shoot. After winter, the mother's shoot can be cut off, and the cuttings can be dug out together with a lump of earth and transplanted to another place.

How to propagate by seeds

Seeds are used for propagation only of pure forms of turf, since with this method of propagation, the young plant completely or partially loses all varietal characteristics. Seeds are harvested in autumn, from fully ripe fruits. As a rule, they have good germination. Disembarkation is carried out in the fall, usually in October, directly into the open ground. During the winter, they will undergo a stratification procedure, harden and germinate in the spring.

Important! Seeds can also be planted in the spring, if during the winter you independently subject them to the stratification procedure, that is, by keeping the container with seeds for 2-3 months in the refrigerator or in the snow.

Diseases and pests of white turf

Diseases often affect young, fragile bushes, since adult plants have good immunity and rarely get sick. The greatest danger for him is powdery mildew - a fungal disease, to which all garden crops are susceptible to one degree or another. The fungus begins to develop from the lower part of the plant, gradually all of it becomes covered with a light bloom and brown spots, and then dries up and dies.

To avoid contamination, do not plant plants too close to each other. Watering should be done only at the root. In autumn, the root zone must be cleared of fallen leaves, since fungal spores can winter in it.At the first signs of the onset of the disease, the affected areas of the crown must be cut out and burned, and the bush must be treated with a solution of laundry soap, soda ash or infusion of garlic.

Of the insect pests on the white turf, midges, aphids and the comma-shaped scabbard most often appear. To combat them, insecticides are used (Decis, Karbofos), as well as infusions of wormwood, celandine, tobacco or onions.


White Derain is a versatile plant that can decorate a garden or park area at any time of the year. Unpretentious care, undemanding to the place of growth and soil composition, the plasticity of the crown and the rapid growth of shoots make it an excellent tool for both novice landscape designers and real high-level artists. It is also important that the seedlings of this shrub can be found not only in nurseries and shops. Often, grass grows near roads and rivers, in wastelands and abandoned areas. You just need to pay attention to it.

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