Cornus (Dogwood)

Cornus (Dogwood) are one of the most appreciated genus of plants for gardens. There are species for all tastes, from tremendous stem colors, delicate flowers and beautiful leaves.

Dogwoods are mainly deciduous shrubs or small trees but there are some few perennials. They are widely distributed in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

Common name: Dogwood
Scientific name: Cornus
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The leaves are opposite, sometimes alternate, ovate and mid to dark green. The flowers are usually small, mostly greenish, yellowish or purplish, but there is a group where the flowers are abundant and very decorative.

The various species all do best in full sun or partial shade. They appreciate a fertile and well drained soil although most of the species will grow fine in almost any soil.

The species with colorful stems can be pruned hard back to the ground as this will produce more growth with best color. Full sun position also improve the stem colors. This type of dogwoods are a must have in any garden for winter color, from a shrub border to a flowerbed or a waterside garden.

Following is a list of some of the most extraordinary Cornus (Dogwoods) species:

Cornus (Dogwood) stem colors in winter snow -
Cornus alba ‘sibirica’ (Siberian dogwood) features red stems in winter


Cornus alba 'Flaverimea' - Yellow twig dogwood shrub
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Yellow-Twig Dogwood) features yellow stems in winter

Cornus florida f. rubra (Flowering Dogwood) -
Cornus florida f. rubra (Flowering Dogwood) features beautiful white-pink flowers

Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) flowers
Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) has creamy-white flowers

Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' (Variegated Red Twig Dogwood)
Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’ (Variegated Red Twig Dogwood) with white-margined leaves

Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' (White dogwood 'Kesselringii') autumn leavesCornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ (White dogwood ‘Kesselringii’) with black-purple leaves


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