Dogwood trees

Dogwood Trees

Common name Dogwood
Botanical name Cornus species
Family Cornaceae
Natural range Asia and also USA
Mature height to 8m
Form Medium spreading tree
Likes Moist, acidic soil and morning sun
Dislikes Heat, drought
Where to plant When your garden needs a pop of colour
Known for Spring floral displays

Unveiling the Vibrant Elegance of Dogwood Trees
The Remarkable Seasonal Display of Dogwoods

Ever noticed how certain trees can stop you in your tracks with their vibrant bursts of color? Dogwoods, with their scientific name Cornus, do precisely that. Especially around October, these medium-sized trees celebrate the season by draping themselves in an eye-catching floral display. Pink flowers, dense and vivid, form an impressive spectacle, rivalling even the allure of famed cherry blossoms.

Where Do Dogwoods Call Home?

Originating from the far reaches of Asia and the vast landscapes of the USA, different Dogwood species each carry distinct traits, while still maintaining their family ties. The Pink Flowering Dogwood, or Cornus florida, for instance, is a wide-spreading, small deciduous tree perfectly suited for Australia’s cooler areas.

Unfolding the Beauty of Pink Flowering Dogwoods

Are you curious about what turns heads along the pathways of Bright, Victoria? The pink flowering Dogwoods, also known as Cornus florida, line many a driveway with their breathtaking spring bloom. The spectacular display they put on in full blossom is a sight to behold.

Kousa Dogwoods: Asia’s Gift to the World

Did you know the Kousa Dogwood, or Cornus kousa, hails from Asia and gifts us white flowers instead of pink? In addition to these, Kousa Dogwood also treats us to an end-of-summer fruit crop. Their red-orange berries, soft pulp, and a sweet flavor might remind you of persimmon. Although the rind may be a little bitter and the seeds hard, they’re palatable, making for an interesting jam ingredient.

The All-Year-Round Appeal of Dogwoods

Do you need a tree that offers something unique each season? Dogwoods are excellent candidates. The show kicks off with delightful flowers from spring into summer, followed by a gorgeous transition into bright red and orange foliage in autumn.

Understanding the Growth and Preference of Dogwoods

What if you could have a tree that’s more expansive than it is tall? Mature Dogwoods often satisfy this unique requirement, typically growing to 8-10m. Owing to their natural preference for being understory trees, Cornus florida thrives in partial shade, particularly in warmer climates. However, Kousa Dogwood is more tolerant and can thrive from partial to full sun, making both species a successful addition to gardens in cooler states of Australia.

Fun Facts about Dogwood Trees
  1. The Dogwood tree’s floral display often surpasses the beauty of cherry blossoms.
  2. Pink Flowering Dogwoods, lining many driveways in Bright, Victoria, produce an awe-inspiring bloom.
  3. Kousa Dogwoods bear fruit that resembles persimmon in flavor.
  4. Dogwoods showcase a seasonal extravaganza, from floral spring-summer to vibrant autumn.
Links for Further Reading
  1. Understanding the Different Species of Dogwoods
  2. Cultivating Dogwoods in Different Climate Conditions
  3. Exploring the Fruit-Bearing Quality of Kousa Dogwoods
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