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Fall Containers, Not Just for Pansies

Fabulous foliage, abundant flowers in a rainbow of colors, colorful fruit, beautiful bark and superb winter form are reasons that every landscape should include at least one dogwood. Few small trees suitable for garden use can match their year round beauty.

Here are some Dogwoods that we think are worth talking about:

Chinese Kousa Dogwood<< Chinese Kousa Dogwood
Cornus kousa chinensis

Flowers, fruit, fall foliage and exfoliating bark create interest throughout the year. Clouds of white flowers appear after the leaves. The star shaped "flowers" are formed by four pointed bracts. The blossoms last as long as 6 weeks. Edible red fruit form in late summer and persist through the fall. They dangle like over sized raspberries beneath horizontally arching branches, attracting the attention of birds as well as gardeners. Reddish fall color that ranges to reddish purple and scarlet. Winter reveals a very attractive mottled tan and gray exfoliating bark and a distinctive horizontal branching pattern. They grow in a widely vase shaped to rounded form, reaching a mature height and spread of approximately 20' x 20'. Hardy to -20F.

Milky Way Dogwood >>
Cornus kousa 'Milky Way'

Noted for its rich, dark green foliage and a prolific crop of white flowers that show up in June. The flowers are composed of four creamy white bracts, and are followed in late summer by bright orange red fruits. These compliment the deep red & orange to scarlet fall foliage and remain well after leaf drop. The Milky Way Dogwood grows in a rounded to widely vase shaped form to a height and width of 20' x 20'. Hardy to -30F.

<< Heart Throb Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Heart throb'

Large reddish to rose pink flower unfurl in the spring formed by bracts and reaching up to 4" in diameter. The flowers last as long as 2 months. Attractive dark green foliage turns deep red in the fall, when the ¾" red fruit also provide seasonal interest. 20' x 20', Hardy to -20F.

Cherokee Sunset Dogwood >>
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Sunset'

This is the only variegated leaved dogwood with red flower bracts. Pink tipped new growth, matures to a colorful combination of green and yellow, turning a beautiful pink, red and purple in the fall. Hardy to -10F.

<< Satomi Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

Attractive horizontal tiers of branches showcase its splendid pink to red flower bracts followed in the fall by hanging red fruit. Red scarlet fall color.

Venus Dogwood >>
Cornus kousa x nuttalli. 'Venus'

Exceptionally large pure white flowers up to 6" across. 4 huge petals surrounding a tiny green center. Green foliage turning a purpe red fall color. Great disease resistance. Upright habit 25 feet tall and wide.

<< Aurora Dogwood
Cornus florida x kousa 'Aurora'

This dogwood is known for its heavy flower production. Its flowers open white changing to a creamy white. Beautiful green foliage turning a beautiful red in the fall. Excellent disease resistance. Hardy to -20f. It has an upright habit and grows 20 feet tall and wide.

Wolf Eyes Dogwood >>
Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eye'

A small growing deciduous tree with green and white variegated foliage turning a pink in the fall. In the spring creamy white flowers appear. It has an upright habit and grows 10 to 15 feet tall and wide.

<< White Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

Abundant, large white flowers in the spring followed by bright red berries in the fall. Green foliage turning a reddish purple in the fall. It grows about 20 feet tall and wide.

Weeping Dogwood >>
Cornus florida 'Pendula'

Large white flowers in the spring followed by red fruit in the fall. It has a mound like stiff weeping habit. Green foliage turning a beautiful purple in the fall. Grows 12 feet tall.

<< Stellar Pink Dogwood
Cornus kousa x florida 'Stellar Pink'

This tree blooms in the spring after the pink flowering dogwood (Cornus florida's) but before the Kousa varieties of Dogwoods. It produces beautiful soft pink flowers followed by red fruit in the fall. Beautiful red fall color. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall and wide.

Starlight Dogwood >>
Cornus kousa x nuttallii 'Starlight'

A heavy flowering tree producing large creamy white flowers in the spring followed by orange fruit in the fall. It has an upright habit with an oval canopy. Dark green foliage turning a beautiful red in the fall. It grows 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

<< Pink Dogwood
Cornus florida 'Rubra'

Delicate pink flower bracts smother its branches in the spring. This tree has an upright spreading habit maturing in a rounded shape of about 20' tall and 20 feet wide. Its bright green foliage turns a bright medley of red tones in autumn.

Eddies White Wonder Dogwood >>
Cornus nuttallii x florida.'Eddies' White Wonder'

This dogwood has big, beautiful white flowers that get to be about 4" across. Dark green leaves turning a rich red in the fall. Small red fruit. It has an upright pyramidal habit. A form of our Native Dogwood.
Eddies White Wonder grows 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

<< Constellation Dogwood
Cornus kousa x florida 'Constellation'

An upright growing vigorous hybrid Dogwood with large white flowers that bloom after the early blooming Cornus floridas, but before the Kousa variety of dogwoods. It grows 20 feet tall and wide.

Cherokee Chief Dogwood >>
Cornus florida'Cherokee Chief'

Dark pink flowers grace this tree in early spring followed by shiny red berries and blazing reddish purple foliage in the fall. It ranges from 20 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide.

<< Cherokee Brave Dogwood
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave'

A vigorous disease resistant dogwood with reddish pink flower with a white center. The new growth on this tree is a burgundy red aging to a dark green followed by dark reddish-purple fall color. It grows 15 to 20 feet tall and wide.

Celestial Dogwood >>
Cornus kousa x florida 'Celestial'

A vigorous, upright hybrid dogwood with large flat white flowers composed of broad white bracts that overlap to hide the foliage. Its blooms appear after the Cornus florida varieties but before the Kousa varieties dogwoods. Disease resistant. It grows 15 feet tall and wide.

If you're looking for a specific variety of dogwood, please call ahead to check availability.
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