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Commonly known as 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.
Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
Height - 6m (20ft)
Spread - 5-6m (16-20ft)
Tree - 4 wide bracts 10cm (4in) across surrounding a small flowerhead. Does not produce fruit.
Hardy - cold winter - Hardy 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 sun - shelter from cold winds.
Additional Features - Good to know - - disease-resistant variety bred at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of origin - western North America.
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
Leaf shape - Ovate - see photos above
Pruning group - Pruning group 1
Suitable 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
Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - humus-rich.
Neutral to acid soil
Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
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