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:
• Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa), small white flowers in May - June, red foliage in the autumn.
• Chinese 'Satomi' Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Satomi'), remarkable pink blossom in May-June, Its foliage takes on beautiful red tints in the autumn.
• Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas), early bright yellow blossom in February - March, high nectar producing, edible bright red berries in summer.
• 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), The young bright red branches are very decorative in winter. Creamy white flowers in May and June.
• 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.