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Commonly known as Cornel, 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.
The 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.
DeciduousShrubs or small trees. A few woody-based perennials. Grown for their showy bracts, elegant habit, fruits and colourful autumn leaves.
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesPlace of originNorthern temperate areas.
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Buy Varieties of CORNUS
variegated with creamy-white and green foliage
deep pink bracts. Leaves turn deep purplish-red in autumn
stunning trailing white leaves which are tinged pink when young and unevenly mottled with white and a hint of yellow along the leaf edges
white flushed pink
very large creamy-white bracts in late spring. Red and purple autumn colour and exfoliating bark
prolific flowerer with white flowers and grey-green leaves turning red in autumn
small yellow flowers on naked twigs in February
leaves suffused a delicate yellow especially in spring, fading later
a very rare variegated form with leaves that appear more white than green
a small spreading tree which is a hybrid between C.capitata and C.kousa. Four taper-pointed creamy-white bracts in June
orange, red or purple foliage in autumn. Large white bracts sometimes flushed pink
peeling bark and small yellow flowers in late winter
dwarf, slow-growing dogwoood. New leaves are crimson contrasting with the green of older leaves. White flowers followed by black fruits
vigorous grower. The flower heads have overlapping bracts which are a soft pink colour