Areas of origin: Central and southern Europe, Asia Minor. Indigenous to France.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 10m, width up to 10m (32.8').
Type of soil: All.
Hardiness: Hardy to -23°C.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.
Characteristics and Uses: Early bright yellow flowers before the leaves in February and March. Equally good planted alone or within a hedge. The nectar is early in the season. Bright red fruits in the summer are edible in conserves. Medicinal uses, astringent tonic.
List of Cornus:
Bloodtwig Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
, off white blossom in May - June, red stems in winter
Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
small white flowers in May - June, red foliage in the autumn
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
superb star shaped blossom at the beginning of spring, red foliage in the autumn
Japanese Cornel Dogwood (Cornus officinalis)
, yellow blossom, abundant and scented as early as February, edible berries
Red Barked Dogwood (Cornus alba)
, small creamy white flowers in May - June, bright red stems in winter
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.