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Cornus

Dogwood

<i>Cornus canadensis</i>

Gallivanting throughout the forests of Canada and the northern half of North America, this stylish herbaceous subshrub looks a bit like Cornus florida, though its luminous flowers and dark greenery are much smaller. The lush, whorled, deeply veined leaves, which sprout from spreading rhizomes, sculpt a low growing ground cover adorned with showy, upfacing, butterfly-friendly flowers, each defined by 4 oval-shaped, white bracts plus a tiny, central greenish yellow umbel. Bronzy red fall color and ornamental, bright red berry-like fruit, eaten by birds and gardeners alike, are additional enticements. Second-to-none for naturalizing or edging wooded pathways, Bunchberry spurns deer and rabbits, detests hot, humid weather and enjoys dappled shade as well as slightly acidic, adequately moist soil.

Blooms May–July

Size: 6" – 8" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 2.

<i>Cornus capitata</i> <i>Cornus capitata</i>

An elegant, large evergreen shrub or small tree, this slow growing Dogwood is a perfect anchor for the shrubby border. Handsome, curved leathery leaves with light green veins provide a pleasing texture and turn bronze in the winter months. Buttonlike flower heads surrounded by creamy yellow bracts precede the long lasting, prominent, pinkish red strawberry-shaped fruit that appears in November and can be brought inside as a colorful complement to holiday greenery.

Blooms June

Size: 16' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

This sensational small, multistemmed tree presents year-round enticements. Cloaked with smooth, somewhat pubescent deciduous leaves, its rounded mien becomes a courtly dark green foil for multitudes of dazzling, petal-like creamy white bracts, many adopting tender pink blushes when they age. Autumn headlines eye-catching, reddish strawberry-style fruit amid scarlet and crimson foliage, while winter reveals dramatic exfoliating tan, gray and mahogany-mottled bark. Sensational when grouped in small groves or utilized as a specimen tree near patios, in woodland gardens and shrubby borders, Chinese Dogwood galvanizes birds, butterflies and gardeners alike, craves adequate water plus slightly acidic soil and appreciates enriched, well-drained quarters, but detests hot dry conditions.

Blooms May–June

Size: 15' 0" – 30' 0" high x 15' 0" – 30' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Cornus sericea</i> ‘Cardinal’

With common names like Hart’s Rouges, Kinnikinnik and Shoemack, who would expect this North American riparian native to be a vibrant beauty igniting the winter landscape? ‘Cardinal’ sculpts an unflappable, extremely cold-hardy multi-stemmed shrub that has a lot to offer: fiery red-hued stems in winter, flat-topped clusters of petite white flowers in spring, creamy white summertime fruit, and dark green deciduous foliage manifesting a purple-red fall display.

Beloved by gardeners, birds and the azure butterfly, the Red Osier Dogwood prefers rich, somewhat moist soil, but tolerates a variety of sites and can be ensconced near Acer griseum for an intriguing blend of colors and textures.

Trim roots to remove unwanted suckers and prune 30% of the old wood in early spring to stimulate brilliant new growth.

Blooms August – September

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 6' 0" – 8' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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