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Cornus - Dogwoods

Originating mostly in northern temperate areas, Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials. While they all offer attractive flowers and foliage, some have spectacular fruit, brightly colored young stems, brilliant fall colors or striking winter bark. It is a delight to look at them, sparkling brightly as if they were winking at you.

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Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its striking shiny, deep purple-black stems in winter and multiseason interest, Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (Tatarian Dogwood) is a multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub forming a thicket of dark red stems, turning dark purple in winter.

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Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its stunning bright coral red stems in winter, award-winning Cornus alba 'Sibirica' (Tatarian Dogwood) is a medium-sized ornamental shrub with great appeal.

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Cornus alba (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its colorful stems and twigs in winter, Cornus alba (Tatarian Dogwood) is a medium-sized ornamental shrub with great appeal. Rapidly-growing, adaptable to wet soils or dry soils, it features spectacular decorative features

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Cornus alba Ivory Halo (Tatarian Dogwood)

Noted for its colorful stems and twigs in winter, Cornus alba Ivory Halo (Tatarian Dogwood) is a compact deciduous shrub with great appeal. Rapidly-growing, adaptable to wet soils or dry soils, it enjoys spectacular decorative features: attractive berries, showy red stems and a lovely variegated summer foliage. A spectacular addition in the garden for most seasons, Ivory Halo certainly adds a WOW! to a winter landscape.

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Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)

A spectacular specimen tree in the landscape, Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood) is a small deciduous tree or large, multi-stemmed shrub with beautifully layered horizontal branches. The young stems are deep purplish brown and bear alternate, ovate, dark green leaves, up to 5 in. long (12 cm). The foliage may turn reddish purple in the fall.

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Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)

Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood) is a vigorous, spreading deciduous shrub of open-rounded habit when mature. It boasts purple-red stems and oval to elliptic, medium to dark green leaves, 2-5 in. long (5-12 cm), covered with silky hairs underneath. Flat-topped clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers, 2 in. wide (5 cm), appear in late spring to early summer.

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Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry)

Attractive in flower or fruit, Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial forming a carpet of conspicuously-veined, oval, glossy leaves, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm), borne in whorls atop erect stems. Medium to dark green, the deciduous foliage turns showing wine-red to purple shades in the fall.

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Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood)

Prized for its lovely flowers and brightly colored fruit, Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood) is a bushy evergreen tree or shrub of spreading habit, forming a low canopy of ovate, leathery, dark green leaves, that may take on purplish and reddish shades in fall. In early to midsummer, showy creamy-white, petal-like bracts surrounding insignificant, true flowers are on display, contrasting nicely with the evergreen foliage. Grabbing the attention, they are followed by clusters of fleshy, strawberry-like, red berries in fall.

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Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree)

Graceful and spectacular, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) is a small deciduous tree with beautifully layered horizontal branches. The stems are red and the ovate green leaves are adorned with bright creamy margins. In late spring, small, creamy-white flowers appear in flattened clusters and provide a great floral show.

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Cornus drummondii (Roughleaf Dogwood)

Cornus drummondii (Roughleaf Dogwood) is a clump-forming shrub or small deciduous tree with elliptic to oval leaves, 5 in. long (12 cm), slightly rough to the touch on the upper surface and velvety beneath. In mid spring to early summer, a profusion of flat-topped clusters, 2.5 in. wide (6 cm), packed with creamy-yellow flowers appear at the ends of the branches. They provide nectar for many butterfly species.

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Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

Noted for its 4 seasons of interest, Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) is a large shrub or small deciduous tree adorned with a rounded to flat-topped canopy and elegant horizontal or tiered branches. In spring, profuse star-like blooms, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), appear usually before the leaves.

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Cornus florida f. rubra (Pink Flowering Dogwood)

Noted for its 4 seasons of interest, Cornus florida f. rubra (Pink Flowering Dogwood) is a small deciduous tree adorned with a broadly conical canopy. In spring, profuse star-like blooms, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), appear usually before the leaves.

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Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi' (Kousa Dogwood)

Award-winning Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi' (Kousa Dogwood) is an upright, spreading medium-sized deciduous shrub with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear.

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Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood)

Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear.

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Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)

Remarkably ornamental and adaptable, Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry) is a deciduous shrub or small tree providing multiseason interest.

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