Cornus florida - Flowering Dogwood

  • This superb deciduous shrub is known to add texture and vibrancy to any garden with its showy white, 8-10cm wide flowers, literally covering the whole of the plant and its breathtaking red colours that put on a display during the autumn. pointed tip and wavy edged leaves. It will grow to a maximum height of 3 x 3 meters in 20 years meaning that it is an ideal choice for those who have smaller spaces to fill.

    In the spring time, small but wonderful green flowers are surrounded by large white petal-like bracts. They are formed in dense clusters amongst the just sprouting, elongated-oval leaves. The true dogwood flowers are actually tiny, yellowish green and insignificant, being compacted into button-like clusters. However, each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, white, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single
    Some says it may be the most beautiful of the native American flowering trees. It is native from Maine to southern Ontario to Illinois to Kansas south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. It is the state tree of Missouri and Virginia.
    During autumn, the shrub provides further seasonal interest. The foliage turns vibrant shades of purple and red and is followed (crop varies yearly) by clusters of ornamental red berries, very acidic raw, but usable for jams and jellies when cooked (some experts say it may be poisonous to humans if eaten in large quantities).

    Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade which keep the roots cool and moist in Summer. It can withstand temperatures as low as -15c. If it is not stressed, very few pest and disease issues can arise.
    Excellent quality, 15-20cm tall plant in an 8cm square pot.

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