Common Name: Dogwood
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Acidic
Time to take cuttings: July to August
A large shrub or small tree from Japan and Korea, it has two good seasons of interest. In early summer there's a mix of white bracts, with tiny flowers in the centre, set against the green leaves, and in autumn the leaves flare bronze and crimson. In a good year there will also be strawberry-like pink fruit for added interest. Provide rich soil, with some well-rotted compost, and grow it in a woodland garden. The form var. chinensis is also very attractive.
Looks good with:Nerine bowdenii
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