Areas of origin: Europe, indigenous to France.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 4 m, width up to 4 m (13').
Type of soil: All.
Hardiness: Hardy to -23°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Properties and uses:
The branches become a beautiful red colour in winter and are very decorative. White flowers in May and June. Plant alone or within a mixed hedge. Little black fruits are produced which are enjoyed by the birds.
List of Cornus:
• Japanese Cornel Dogwood (Cornus officinalis), yellow blossom, abundant and scented as early as February, edible berries
• Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa),
small white flowers in May - June, red foliage in the autumn
• Red Barked Dogwood (Cornus alba), small creamy white flowers in May - June, bright red stems in winter
• Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida),
superb star shaped blossom at the beginning of spring, red foliage in the autumn
• Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas), early bright yellow blossom in February - March, high nectar producing, edible bright red berries in summer
• Wedding Cake Tree (Cornus Controversa Variegata), Magnificent variegated green and off white foliage that will take a red tint in the autumn. It has a spreading shape and an extremely sculptural aspect. Abundant blossom from May to June.