Cornus officinalis

Dogwood - Cornus officinalis

Common Name: Dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: officinalis

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

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Edible fruit, Provides winter colour, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: February & March

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Will tolerant a wide range of soil moisture levels

A fast-growing deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed tree that has many charming features. This makes it a valuable addition to the garden where it will add interest throughout the year. In late winter loose clusters of yellow flowers create a haze of colour on the bare stems and these are followed by bright red edible fruits. The dark green foliage emerges in spring after the flowers and will turn brilliant shades of red and purple in the autumn. After the last leaf has fallen the flaking bark on the stems creates further but perhaps more understated appeal.

Garden Care: In early spring remove any misplaced or crossing branches and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.

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