Plant Family / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers.
One of the best Bloodtwig Dogwood for vigor and winter display, 'Anny's Winter Orange' (Cornus Sanguinea) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with incredible multiseason interest.
Award-winning Cornus sanguinea 'Magic Flame' (Dogwood) is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with incredible multiseason interest. In spring and summer, it bears large, ovate mid-green leaves which happily contrast with the pale orange stems.
Noted for its colorful stems and twigs in winter, Bloodtwig Dogwood 'Midwinter Fire' (Cornus sanguinea) is a hard plant to beat for a colorful show in the winter garden
Adding a pop of vibrant color in the snowy, dull months of winter, Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood) is a medium-sized ornamental shrub with incredible appeal. Rapidly-growing, adaptable to most soils including wet soils, it enjoys spectacular decorative features
Noted for its dazzling golden foliage and outstanding bright red winter stems, Cornus sericea subsp. occidentalis 'Sunshine' (Dogwood) is a multi-stemmed, suckering, deciduous shrub of great ornamental value in the landscape.