Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Plant Picks

Cornus mas, Cornelian cherry dogwood

One of the first signs that spring is near are the soft yellow blooms of the Cornus mas. This handsome woody brings color back into a rather bleak landscape with its flowers that appear before the plant develops leaves. If your garden does not have a Cornelian cherry dogwood, this is the year to think about introducing a tree that heralds the transition from winter to spring.

Doris Page Winter Garden at Glendale Gardens, JHG 2009

Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Habit: Deciduous
Height: 20-30'
Width: 15-20'
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial shade
Bloom Time/Color: Late Winter/Early Spring; yellow
Foliage: Grown for Foliage; Burgundy/Dark
Fruit: Bright red 'cherries' in mid Summer
Comments: Flaking bark, tough adaptable shrub to small tree,
fruits attract birds, no serious insect or disease problems,
spreads by suckers

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