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DeciduousBroadly oval to ovate, mid-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long turning red or purple in autumn.
WhiteSometimes flushed pink
Tall ShrubOr small tree. Greenish flowers. White to pink bracts, 4-5cm (1½ - 2in) long are joined at the tips as they open. Clusters of red berries are produced in autumn.
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 FeaturesGood to knowFlowers are small and inconspicuous but the surrounding bracts in shades from pink-tinged white through to an alomost true red provide the attraction and a host of cultivars have been developed.Pests & DiseasesAnthracnose.Place of originEastern North America.
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus rich.Neutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeBroadly conical
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Buy Varieties of CORNUS florida
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