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, offer added appeal. 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.
Size: 6" – 8" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 2.
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.
Size: 16' 0" high x 8' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.
Cornus kousa var. chinensis (T-0074)
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.
Size: 15' 0" – 30' 0" high x 15' 0" – 30' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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.