Plant of the Month: Dogwood

May 12, 2017

A treasure in the landscape, dogwoods are a sure sign of spring with their showy white and pink blooms. This 4-petaled wonder not only has beautiful flowers this time of year, but they also have really great red fall coloring.

For the most part, we use mostly Cornus kousa and some Cornus nuttallii in our landscape designs. While many enjoy the large flowers of Cornus florida, it is extremely susceptible to anthracnose and other dogwood diseases. We really caution our clients on using Cornus florida because of its disease issues. Cornus kousa is very resistant to these diseases but still has nice, showy flowers making it a great option for our area.

Summer Gold Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’)- The Summer Gold Dogwood features white, lime-tinted flowers against variegated green and gold foliage. In fall, leaves will change from bright pink to crimson. It gets to be about 8 feet high and 4 feet wide.

Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' Photo Courtesy of Plant Haven

Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’ Photo Courtesy of Plant Haven

Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’)- This dogwood is a cross between cornus nutallii and cornus florida but is resistant to anthracnose. The narrow, upright form help accentuate its flowers even more. Its large blooms are bright white and foliage is bright red in fall. The Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood can reach 35 feet high and 20 feet wide when fully mature.

Cornus nuttallii 'Eddie's White Wonder' Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Cornus nuttallii ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ Photo Courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Heart Throb Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’)- The Heart Throb Dogwood gets to be about 10-20 feet high and the same wide. Flowers open creamy white and transition to rose pink as they mature and depending on weather, can last up to 2 months. In fall, foliage is dark red.

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb' Photo Courtesy of SeedRatings.com

Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’ Photo Courtesy of SeedRatings.com

If you’re wondering how you can incorporate one of these beautiful dogwoods into your landscape, contact us about your project!

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