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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 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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Picture of Cornus Rainbow
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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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