About Cornus: Flowering Dogwood Trees
One of our favourite deciduous trees in our garden is the Cornus kousa dogwood. Festooned with clusters of creamy white flowers, this tree is a popular choice in many Pacific Northwest coast gardens. Below find information how to plant dogwoods, tips on dogwood tree care including pruning guidelines and disease problems that affect some dogwoods.
Dogwoods are native to North America, as well as the Far East. They are considered either small deciduous trees or shrubs. Dogwood trees are mostly deciduous but there are a few ever greens.Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood). The regional term ‘flowering dogwood’ is a misnomer, though, since all members of the genus Cornus have flowers. But the flowers are not the only attraction, their foliage, end of season berries, and the autumn colours are outstanding too. The dogwood berries are edible though not tasty to us but enjoyed by birds and squirrels. Although reasonably hardy, the dogwood can come with its problems. For this reason, where you plant it and how you care for it is crucial.
Where And When To Plant And How To Care For Dogwood Trees
Dogwoods should be planted in autumn or early spring, and never in summer when it is hot and dry. The hole should not be deep, but it should be extra wide to allow the roots to easily grow outwards.
Dogwoods, unless otherwise stated, prefer a cool sunny site and can tolerate light shade. In a sunny location where it is protected from the hot afternoon sun works perfectly. It performs best planted in moist but well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. Add mulch in spring (but keep the mulch from touching the base of the trunk), fertilize moderately, and water regularly during hot summers.