Cornus - The Dogwood Trees
Cornus or 'Dogwood' trees include the very popular deciduous flowering varieties as well as the evergreen Cornus capitata (evergreen dogwood).
It is the deciduous flowering species and cultivars that are most popular as ornamental garden plants. A few interesting hybrids are also available, including Cornus x Eddies White Wonder, this is a cross between C.nuttallii and Cornus florida.
It is best to look for varieties that are more resistent to Anthracnose, these include many of the Cornus Kousa Hybrids such as :
- Beni Fuji.
- Ed Mezitt.
- Summer Majesty.
- Trinity Star.
Cornus florida is a species that will reach around 25ft tall, although often smaller in cultivation. Attractive layered branches and good green foliage. Flowers appear in spring on bare wood, ranging on color from white through to pink.
Cornus kousa is an early flowering species, masses od showy white flowers in spring, followed by red fruits.
Cornus mas is the cornelian cherry, a variety from Europe grown for the flowers and also the showy red fruit which follows. The fruit, when very ripe, is used to make jellies.
VarietiesCornus species and cultivars include
- Cornus alba.
- Cornus alba stricta,
- Cornus alternifolia
- Cornus argentea
- Cornus alba elegantissima
- Cornus capitata
- Cornus 'eddies white wonder'
- Cornus florida officinalis
- Cornus florida rubra
- Cornus canadensis
- Cornus mas
Where to buy
Cornus or Dogwood Trees are available from the following Nurseries
STARK Bro's NURSERIES& ORCHARDS Co. - phone: 1-800-325-4180
PO Box 1800 Louisiana MO 63353