Dogwood

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'

Dogwood - Cornus sanguinea  'Midwinter Fire'

Common Name: Dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: sanguinea
Cultivar: 'Midwinter Fire'

The latin Cornus means ‘horn’, in this case referring to the hard nature of the wood.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Provides winter colour, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

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

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained or Boggy, poorly drained

This deciduous shrub has oval mid-green leaves and produces small creamy-white flowers in May and June. But it's really grown for the brilliant flame-coloured stems that are revealed when the leaves which turn orange-yellow in autumn fall. This fabulous dogwood looks best planted in groups in damp areas of the garden beside water or in a winter border. Best in full sun and works particularly well with red or purple-stemmed varieties of dogwood.

Garden Care: For best stem colour cut the stems back hard to within 5-7cm (2-3in) from the ground in March and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or horse manure around the base of the plant.


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