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Commonly known as Dogwood

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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.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - mid-green leaves 12cm (4¾in) long turn orange, red or purple in autumn
  • Cream
  • Height - 3m (10ft) if not pruned
  • Spread - 4m (13ft) if not pruned
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - vigorous, spreading shrub. Produces white flowers in arching cymes to 6cm (2½in) across followed by spherical, metallic fruit
  • Very hardy - Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - prune hard in early spring
  • Pests & Diseases - anthracnose
  • Place of origin - eastern North America
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Ovate
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich.
  • Neutral to acid soil
3m (10ft) if not pruned
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft) if not pruned
 

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CORNUS canadensis

CORNUS canadensis  >


Commonly known as: Bunchberry, Creeping dogwood.
attractive ground cover with a profusion of white flower bracts
 
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CORNUS alba

CORNUS alba  >


Commonly known as: Red-barked dogwood.
Green leaved dogwood which is happiest in wet or boggy conditions, red bark in winter
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Aurea'  AWARD

CORNUS alba 'Aurea'  >


Commonly known as: Golden dogwood.
Leaves greenish-yellow turning golden yellow in autumn, red stems
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Elegantissima'  AWARD

CORNUS alba 'Elegantissima'  >


Commonly known as: Silver variegated dogwood.
Margined and mottled white
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Kesselringii'

CORNUS alba 'Kesselringii'  >


Commonly known as: Dogwood.
Brownish black stems
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Siberian Pearls'

CORNUS alba 'Siberian Pearls'  >


Commonly known as: Dogwood.
Profuse white berries tinged with blue
 
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CORNUS alba 'Sibirica'  AWARD

CORNUS alba 'Sibirica'  >


Commonly known as: Westonbirt dogwood.
Bright red stemmed dogwood
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Sibirica Variegata'  AWARD

CORNUS alba 'Sibirica Variegata'  >


Commonly known as: Dogwood.
Silvery white edged leaves
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alba 'Spaethii'  AWARD

CORNUS alba 'Spaethii'  >


Commonly known as: Golden variegated dogwood.
Golden variegated foliage
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS sanguinea

CORNUS sanguinea  >


Commonly known as: Common dogwood, Dogberry.
greenish with red flushed stems and purple autumn colour
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

CORNUS sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'  >


Commonly known as: Common dogwood, Dogberry.
Branches orange-yellow and red in winter, an attractive new cultivar
 
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CORNUS stolonifera 'Flaviramea'  AWARD

CORNUS stolonifera 'Flaviramea'  >


Commonly known as: Yellow-stemmed dogwood.
Yellow stemmed dogwood which makes an excellent bog plant
 
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£12.50 each 
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CORNUS alternifolia 'Argentea'  AWARD

CORNUS alternifolia 'Argentea'  >


Commonly known as: Green osier, Pagoda dogwood.
One of the very best silver variegated shrubs which is sadly slow growing and difficult to propagate
 
Small £27.50 each 
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Large £70.00 each 
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CORNUS capitata

CORNUS capitata  >


Commonly known as: Bentham's cornel, Himalayan dogwood.
Greenish-white flowers red strawberry fruit
 
Small £17.50 each 
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CORNUS controversa

CORNUS controversa  >


Commonly known as: Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree.
Cream flowers, black fruits and rich purple-red autumn colour
 
Medium £30.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS controversa 'Gosia'

CORNUS controversa 'Gosia'  >


Commonly known as: Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree.
Tiered branches and leaves variegated yellow tinged with pink
 
£52.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS controversa 'Variegata'  AWARD

CORNUS controversa 'Variegata'  >


Commonly known as: Giant dogwood, Wedding cake tree.
Striking and very scarce slow growing variegated form with horizontal branching
 
Small £25.00 each 
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Large £60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS 'Eddie's White Wonder'   AWARD

CORNUS 'Eddie's White Wonder'  >


Commonly known as: Dogwood.
RHS Plant of the Decade 1963 - 1972. Hardy shrub producing large white bracts, good autumn colour
 
£75.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS elliptica 'Empress of China'

CORNUS elliptica 'Empress of China'  >


Commonly known as: Dogwood.
(syn. 'Elsbry') - graceful evergreen. Profuse, creamy white bracts
 
£35.00 each 
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CORNUS florida

CORNUS florida  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
North American flowering dogwood. Each flowerhead is enclosed in 4 white petal-like bracts
 
Large £45.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Brave'

CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Brave'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
New growth is a burgundy-red turning dark green with age. Flowers are pinkish-red darkening as they mature
 
Large £65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Chief'

CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Chief'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
(syn. 'Royal Red') - foliage scarlet-red in spring and autumn, bronzy green in summer. Bracts deep ruby pink.
 
Large £65.00 each 
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CORNUS florida 'Cloud Nine'

CORNUS florida 'Cloud Nine'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
Large snowy-white bracts. Free-flowering even when young
 
Large £70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida 'Daybreak'  AWARD

CORNUS florida 'Daybreak'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
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
 
Large £65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida 'Rainbow'  AWARD

CORNUS florida 'Rainbow'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Rainbow dogwood.
Compact shrub with deep green leaves splashed yellow. Autumn colours pass from pink, lavender-blue and finally purple-red
 
Large £65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida 'Red Giant'

CORNUS florida 'Red Giant'  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Flowering dogwood.
Large deep pink bracts tipped with white
 
Large £65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS florida rubra

CORNUS florida rubra  >


Commonly known as: American boxwood, Pink dogwood.
Flushed pink or red
 
Large £70.00  
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS hongkongensis

CORNUS hongkongensis  >


Commonly known as: Hong Kong dogwood.
Glossy dark green leaves are coppery-red when young. Cascades of flowerheads with creamy-white bracts
 
£30.00 each 
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CORNUS kousa

CORNUS kousa  >


Commonly known as: Japanese dogwood.
White bracts
 
Small £20.00 each 
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Large £45.00  
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

CORNUS kousa 'Gold Star'

CORNUS kousa 'Gold Star'  >


Commonly known as: Chinese dogwood.
Leaves have a central blotch of golden-yellow. As the season progresses the centre turns red and the margin turns purple
 
Large £65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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