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Dogwoods - now you're barking up the right tree!

The Cornus or Dogwood genus of trees and shrubs has family members from both North America and Asia. The Dogwood most commonly grown in NZ hails from North America and is known as Cornus florida. In this case "florida" actually means flowering rather than place of origin. The Americans love this tree so much it is the State tree for both Virginia and Missouri. Cornus kousa which hails from Japan is becoming more popular in NZ and Cornus kousa Moonlight is a firm favourite with the team here at Wairere.

All Dogwoods are deciduous and frost hardy with the exception of Cornus capitata which is semi evergreen and only tolerates light frost.

To get the best from Dogwoods you really must be able to give them the conditions they thrive on. They require a sunny spot with no more than the lightest shade plus deep nourishing soil that is not too wet in winter. Dogwoods love a cold winter and hot dry summer. For those who have warm winters (Waikato North) then try Cornus Eddies White Wonder which has been bred to cope with warmer temperatures. If you do not provide Cornus with the correct conditions they can become susceptible to anthracnose disease which is a fungus disease typified by brown to tan irregular spots and blotches on the leaves. This can be treated with fungicide but prevention with the correct cultural requirements is really the answer.

Dogwoods flower in spring, the "flower" is made up of four bracts that surround a small central dome. With some varieties showy "strawberry" like fruits follow the flowers. All Dogwoods should have excellent autumn colour and this is probably their most highly valued feature. Look for variegated varieties which have fabulous foliage interest throughout spring, summer and autumn.

*In case you are curious the name Dogwood is said to have come from the fact that the bark from the tree was used to make up a solution for bathing mangy dogs! There is also the legend that the wood from the Dogwood was used to make the cross Jesus was crucified on and ever since that time the tree has had 4 floral bracts to represent the cross with a red centre to represent the blood of Christ. The tree will also never grow large enough to provide timber for another cross.

Cornus or Dogwood, fact or fiction, no matter which, is always a worthy choice for a special specimen tree or group planting.

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Picture of Cornus Alternifolia Argentea
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Pagoda Dogwood. This attractive tree has a tiered arrangement of branches decorated with variegated green leaves with white margins. In summer small sprays of creamy white flowers appear and are followed by black berries. Plant in a sunny spot in rich well drained soil. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Alternifolia Argentea

Current Stock Height: 140/160 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Andrea Hart
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Dogwood. In spring the bare branches are decorated by pretty pink bracts that surround the tiny flower which in itself is insignificant. Fresh green summer foliage has attractive autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in the sun in nice rich acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Cornus Andrea Hart

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Beni Fuji L/W
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The Asian Dogwood is often described as a large shrub because of its multi-stemmed habit rather than having a single trunk. Dark green foliage in spring-summer with good autumn tones before fall. The flower bracts are large, star shaped and a deep pink. Very showy in late spring. Est.10yr.growth.

Cornus prefer a nice deep rich acid soil so choose your planting spot well.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus Beni Fuji L/W

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Bonfire
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This large multi-stemmed shrub has the most beautiful variegated foliage in various shades of green and creamy white. The leaves are off-set by the purple shading of the twigs. Large showy white flower bracts in late spring. Special. Likes nice rich acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus Bonfire

Current Stock Height: 60/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Cherokee Chief L/W
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An American hybrid valued for the ruby red flower bracts that appear in spring. The new spring foliage is an attractive bronze-red before turning the usual green. Striking autumn colour adds to the overall value of this specimen tree. Plant in a sunny spot in nice rich soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Red / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Cherokee Chief L/W

Current Stock Height: 70/80 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Cherokee Daybreak L/W
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This Dogwood is valued for the decorative variegated foliage. The fresh green leaves are attractively margined in creamy white with just a hint of pink in spring. The flower bracts are showy and white. Excellent autumn colour. Plant in a sunny position in nice rich soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 3.5m

Cornus Cherokee Daybreak L/W

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Cornus Cherokee Daybreak L/W

Current Stock Height: 60/80 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Cherokee Sunset L/W
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Showy red flower bracts appear in spring followed by red strawberry fruits that birds love. The variegated green foliage is broadly outlined with lemon yellow, with hints of bronze and pink in spring. Striking autumn colour. Plant in a sunny position. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Cornus Cherokee Sunset

Current Stock Height: 40/60 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Cornus F Cherokee Sunset

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus China Girl
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A very pretty oriental Cornus that has showy white flower bracts which appear on the horizontal layered branches in spring-summer. The flowers are followed by small red fruits. Very pretty in full bloom. Green summer foliage colours well prior to leaf fall. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus China Girl

Current Stock Height: 130/150 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Cornus China Girl

Current Stock Height: 80/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb 18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Chinensis
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Asian Dogwood. A very pretty tree that is smothered with snowy white flower bracts in late spring summer. These are followed by small red fruits. Fresh green summer foliage. Great autumn colour is an added bonus before leaf fall. Easy to grow and happiest in a sunny position. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus Chinensis

Current Stock Height: 220/240 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Cloud Nine L/W
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You'll be on 'Cloud 9' when you see the profusion of pure white large flower bracts that appear in spring on this lovely tree. More tolerant of heat than many other Cornus and all together quite strong and vigorous. The dark green summer foliage colours well prior to leaf fall. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Cornus Cloud Nine L/W

Current Stock Height: 110/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Comanche Chief
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Dogwood. A reasonably hardy, deciduous tree that produces reddish-pink flowers that begin to emerge in mid to late spring. Has lush green foliage through summer which then turns to various shades of orange, crimson and red. Suitable for growing in partial shade or full sun where soils are rich in organic material, moist but free-draining. Deciduous

 

Colour: Assorted
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m

Cornus Comanche Chief

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Dogwood. A wonderful tree with tiered branches and broad clusters of prominent cream coloured flowers in early summer. Really something in full flower. The flowers are followed by small black fruits. Glossy green summer foliage turns rich purplish-red before leaf fall. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Cream
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 5m

Cornus Controversa

Current Stock Height: 140/160  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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This unique and special Cornus is highly valued for the unusual layered structure of its branches giving it the common name of 'The Wedding Cake Tree'. The new foliage is soft green edged with cream accented by the reddish tinge of the new branches. Little white flowers in summer. Est.10yr.growth.

A very special feature tree that deserves space to grow unhindered so it can show off its unique structure. Always admired and a recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m

Cornus Controversa Variegata L/W

Current Stock Height: 80/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Cornus Controversa Variegata L/W

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Asian Dogwood. An upright form of this large multi-stemmed deciduous shrub. In late spring semi-double white flower bracts make a showy and dramatic display. The new foliage is a fresh rich green and has good autumn colour before leaf fall. Plant in rich acid soil best results. Est.10yr.growth.


 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Doubloon L/W

Current Stock Height: 120/140 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Eddies White Wonder
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An extremely popular 'Dogwood' and deservedly so. A reliable performer in most climates. Handles the heat well compared to others in the family. Large showy white bracts appear in spring followed by fresh green summer foliage that turns scarlet and orange in autumn prior to leaf fall. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Eddies White Wonder

Current Stock Height: 130/140 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Cornus Eddies White Wonder

Current Stock Height: 175/195 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Elegantissima
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An unusual Dogwood that features a thicket of red stemmed branches that look their best when bare in winter. Pretty flowers in late spring and attractive variegated grey-green foliage with just a little white on the leaf margins. Thrives in moist conditions and looks 'elegant' beside water. Deciduous.


 

Colour: Cream / Yellow
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 3m

Cornus Elegantissima

Current Stock Height: 50/70 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Elizabeth Lustgarten L/W
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A special form of Asian Dogwood with a weeping habit. Stake the main leader to the desired height then allow to cascade downwards. The tree naturally forms a graceful rounded crown. White flower bracts decorate the branches in late spring. Quite lovely. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Cascading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m

Cornus Elizabeth Lustgarten L/W

Current Stock Height: 60/80 cm  ? 

Container: pb8  ? 

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Picture of Cornus First Lady
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Dogwood. Attractive green and gold variegated foliage are the main feature of this deciduous tree. However in spring you will be delighted by the white flower bracts that are followed by red fruits in autumn. Plant in sun or part shade in nice rich acid soil for best results. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 5m

Cornus First Lady

Current Stock Height: 110/130 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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An attractive Cornus with many features. Spring foliage emerges green with a bold central splash of gold turning solid green again at the end of summer. The white flower bracts are showy and long lasting with an attractive greenish yellow centre. Showy red stems. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White / Green
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus Gold Star

Current Stock Height: 60/80 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Greenvale
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Dogwood. Discovered in Greenvale, NZ, by Mrs L Patterson this showy Cornus has large cream flower bracts that appear in summer. The green foliage has good autumn tones. A vigorous, hardy and highly ornamental tree. Likes the sun and nice rich soil. Semi-evergreen. PVR.


 

Colour: Cream / White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Greenvale

Current Stock Height: 90/100cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Mid Winter Fire
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Fire up the winter garden with Cornus Midwinter Fire's richly coloured stems. Enjoy it's spectacular autumn leaf colour followed by branches and stems that graduate from yellow at the base to bright orange, then crimson toward the tips. Fragrant tiny white flowers appear late spring giving way to dark purple berries in summer. Deciduous

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.5m

Cornus Midwinter Fire

Current Stock Height: 40/60 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Milky Way
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This large shrub or small tree will delight in spring-summer with masses of star-shaped white flower bracts. The bracts are followed by red fruits. The green summer foliage turns to purple and red tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in the sun with rich acid soil for best results. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m

Cornus Milky Way

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Moonbeam
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This tree is extremely eye catching when in bloom. The very large, pointed, creamy white floral bracts hang gracefully on layered branches reminiscent of a moonbeam dancing through the clouds! Very showy and attractive. Plant in the sun in nice rich soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Cornus Moonbeam

Current Stock Height: 80/130 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus National L/W
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Creamy white star shaped bracts smother this large shrub over late spring through to end of January and contrast nicely against the dark green foliage. Pinkish red strawberry like fruit in autumn along with stunning autumn tones on foliage prior to leaf fall. Prefers rich acid soil. Est. 10yr. growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m

Cornus National L/W

Current Stock Height: 180/190 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Pendula
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An attractive and unusual small weeping 'Dogwood' which would look lovely in a container. The pure white flower bracts appear on graceful pendulous branches in spring. These are sometimes followed by red fruits. Plant in a sunny position in nice rich soil for best results. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 1.5m

Cornus Pendula

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Purple Glory
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Dogwood. Here's something a bit special. Showy red flower bracts in spring and new foliage that opens to a purple shade and slowly matures to a rich-purple red towards autumn. An excellent contrast feature tree. Plant in a sunny spot in nice rich acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.


 

Colour: Purple / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Purple Glory

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Cornus Purple Glory

Current Stock Height: 90/110 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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A lovely showy 'Dogwood' with colourful spring-summer foliage in tones of soft yellow splashed with green. In autumn the foliage turns a veritable rainbow of colour prior to leaf fall. You will also enjoy lovely white flower bracts in spring, what more could you want? Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Cornus Rainbow L/W

Current Stock Height: 70/80 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Satomi L/W
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A beautiful Asian Dogwood with pink flower bracts that appear in late spring. The summer leaves are fresh green changing to beautiful autumn tones of purplish red. Forms a broad, rounded shrub. Happiest in the sun in rich acid soil. Hardy and deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m

Cornus Satomi

Current Stock Height: 90/100 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Beautiful green foliage for back-ground planting. The leaves turn to stunning shades of red and fall to reveal deep red stems, adding naked colour to the winter garden. To encourage colourful bark, remove a third of the stems back to ground level each spring. Easy to grow.

 

Colour: Cream
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m

Cornus Alba Sibirica

Current Stock Height: 120/150 cm  ? 

Container: pb8  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Southern Cross L/W
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Asian Dogwood. Showy bracts of creamy white appear over summer. Fresh green summer foliage that turns vibrant red for autumn and holds on the tree well in cooler climates. Plant in a sunny position in nice rich acid soil. Hardy. Deciduous. Est.10yr. growth.

 

Colour: Cream
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Southern Cross L/W

Current Stock Height: 100/130 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Large rosy pink flower bracts put on a display in spring adding softness and colour to the spring garden. The new foliage is a bronze green shade and has vibrant autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Happiest in a sunny position in nice rich acid soil. Deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Spring Song L/W

Current Stock Height: 60/70 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Cornus Stokes Pink
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Dogwood. Masses of deep pink flower bracts appear in spring followed by red strawberry fruits that birds love. The green summer foliage colours well prior to leaf fall. Plant in a sunny spot in nice rich acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.

Generally 'Dogwoods' need a nice cool winter to do well, 'Stoke's Pink' is more adaptable than some other cultivars and can cope with warmer climates.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Cornus Stokes Pink

Current Stock Height: 90/100 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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A distinctive form of Dogwood that is valued for the thicket of yellow stems that look their best when bare in winter. The summer foliage is dark green and colours well in autumn. The late spring flowers are white. Hardy and easy to grow. Great for decorative floral work. Deciduous.


 

Colour: White
Habit: Spreading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 3m

Cornus Stolonifera Flaviramea

Current Stock Height: 50/70 cm  ? 

Container: pb8  ? 

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