Grown predominantly for their pretty flower bracts in shades of bright white through to rich pink, many Cornus or Dogwood trees also feature brilliant autumn foliage colour and fascinating fruits. Dogwood shrubs, on the other hand, display vivid coloured stems that really come into their own in winter.
Our large range of Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) and Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa) trees offer plenty of choice in flower and foliage features. For pink flowers, 'Miss Satomi', 'Cherokee Sunset' and florida rubra are great choices. For variegated foliage, look at 'Variegata', 'Cherokee Daybreak' and 'Rainbow'. The flowers and foliage of Flowering Dogwood trees are followed by attractive autumn foliage and large colourful ornamental berries. Often wider than they are tall and with changing seasonal interest, they are well suited to small and large gardens alike.
For winter interest, take a look at the deciduous Dogwood shrubs (Cornus alba, Cornus sanguinea, Cornus sericea) that offer fantastic coloured stems which make a striking winter feature. Stems range in colour from crimson red through to dark purple and lime green. For a dramatic multi-hued variety, look at 'Midwinter Fire'. Their size makes them suitable for small gardens, but they are equally good for adding winter interest to borders in larger gardens.
Dogwoods are best suited to a planting position with morning sun and some afternoon shade. Make sure to generously water young trees, especially in times of drought. Less frequent, generous watering is better than more frequent light watering as the water is more likely to reach the roots and provide the moisture they require.