Flowering dogwood

Cornus florida

Flowering dogwood - Cornus florida

Common Name: Flowering dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: florida

The latin Cornus means ‘horn’, in this case referring to the hard nature of the wood.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Pink, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Tiny yellow-tipped green flowers in May surrounded by white or pink flower bracts and curled mid-green leaves turning red-purple in autumn. This conical deciduous tree or shrub thrives in fertile humus-rich neutral to acid soil. Unsuitable for shallow chalky soils it's an excellent specimen tree for a small sunny garden.

Garden Care: Incorporate a quantity of composted pine needles or well-rotted leaf mould when planting. Requires minimal pruning.


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