Flowering dogwood

Cornus 'Venus'

Flowering dogwood - Cornus  'Venus'

Common Name: Flowering dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Cultivar: 'Venus'

The term Cornus is derived from the Latin for ‘horn’ a reference to the hard wood of the trees and shrubs in the Genus.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Purple, YellowFlowering Period: May & June

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

Recently hybridised in the US by Dr. E Orton this new dogwood is the result of crossing Cornus nuttallii and Cornus kousa var. chinensis. The result is a beautiful small tree that is very tough and undemanding, has good drought tolerance and a high resistance to diseases. Its most striking feature however is the size of its creamy white bracts which appear for several weeks from mid to late May. These are extremely large and can grow up to 15cm across which creates a spectacular show especially as they are usually produced in large numbers once the plant has become established. On more mature plants these 'flowers' may be followed by large strawberry-like fruits. This tree has the added bonus of providing spectacular autumn colour when the large glossy green leaves take on rich shades of yellow, orange and purple. Its compact habit and many interesting features make it a stunning focal point in a smaller garden.

  • Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning.

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