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Japanese Cornel Dogwood - Cornus officinalis (latin)

Areas of origin: Japan, Korea.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 5m (16.4'), width up to 3 m (9.8').
Foliage: Deciduous, red orange in autumn.
Type of soil: All.
Hardiness: Hardy, tolerant to -25°C.
Exposure: Semi-shade to full sun.

Properties and uses:
This beautiful shrub lights up the garden in February. The abundant perfumed flowers are followed by red fruits that are edible. The bark on older shrubs exfoliates leaving the appearance of beautiful shades of brown and orange. This shrub is equally good planted alone or within hedges or flowerbeds. Bonsai enthusiasts use this variety to work on.

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.
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.
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.

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