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Commonly known as Green osier, Pagoda dogwood
Genus of about 60 species of mainly deciduous shrubs and small trees from grasslands, thickets, woodland, rocky slopes and swamps mainly in northern temperate areas.
Tthe species have been used as food and medicine and in manufacture of small implements and cutting boards. The wood is beautiful, fine-grained and hard.
The "dogwood' name might have come from the "dags" (daggers, skewers and arrows) made from the slender stems. Fruits were known as "dogberries".
Two species are represented in the UK. C. mas is a widely found introduction, C sanguinea a native extending particularly on chalk as far north as the Midlands.
DeciduousOvate-elliptic, dark-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long turn red and purple in autumn.
Tall ShrubTree or multi-stemmed shrub. Spreading, tiered branches. Small, white flowers in flat flowerheads to 5cm (2in) across are followed by blue-black fruit.
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sunshelter from cold winds.
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesAnthracnose.Place of originEastern North America.
Soil ConditionsTolerates all
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
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GARRYA elliptica 'James Roof'
CALLICARPA japonica 'Leucocarpa'
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attractive ground cover with a profusion of white flower bracts
green leaved dogwood which is happiest in wet or boggy conditions, red bark in winter
leaves greenish-yellow turning golden yellow in autumn, red stems
margined and mottled white
brownish black stems
profuse white berries tinged with blue
bright red stemmed dogwood
silvery white edged leaves
golden variegated foliage
greenish with red flushed stems and purple autumn colour
branches orange-yellow and red in winter, an attractive new cultivar
yellow stemmed dogwood which makes an excellent bog plant
one of the very best silver variegated shrubs which is sadly slow growing and difficult to propagate
greenish-white flowers red strawberry fruit
cream flowers, black fruits and rich purple-red autumn colour
tiered branches and leaves variegated yellow tinged with pink
striking and very scarce slow growing variegated form with horizontal branching
RHS Plant of the Decade 1963 - 1972. Hardy shrub producing large white bracts, good autumn colour
(syn. 'Elsbry') - graceful evergreen. Profuse, creamy white bracts
North American flowering dogwood. Each flowerhead is enclosed in 4 white petal-like bracts
new growth is a burgundy-red turning dark green with age. Flowers are pinkish-red darkening as they mature
(syn. 'Royal Red') - foliage scarlet-red in spring and autumn, bronzy green in summer. Bracts deep ruby pink.
large snowy-white bracts. Free-flowering even when young
a startling new variety, bright green leaves margined in creamy-white. In the autumn the creamy-white parts of the leaves turn pink to deep red
compact shrub with deep green leaves splashed yellow. Autumn colours pass from pink, lavender-blue and finally purple-red
large deep pink bracts tipped with white
flushed pink or red
glossy dark green leaves are coppery-red when young. Cascades of flowerheads with creamy-white bracts
leaves have a central blotch of golden-yellow. As the season progresses the centre turns red and the margin turns purple