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Wilson's Dogwood Cornus wilsoniana

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Phonetic Spelling
KOR-nus wil-son-ee-AH-na
Description

Wilson's Dogwood is a deciduous to semi-evergreen large shrub or small tree native to China.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained, organically rich, acidic soils.  The most prominent and attractive feature is its ghost-white smooth bark but it also has attractive flowers in the spring and fruits in the early fall, making this plant a good candidate for year-round specimen interest in the landscape.  It performs best in cooler summer climates, be sure to mulch the root zone well every year.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Borers, leaf miners, and scale are occasional insect pests.  Canker, leaf spot, and root rot are occasional diseases.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#small tree#interesting bark#specimen#semi-evergreen#white bark#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#winter interest#street tree#year-round interest#showy fruits#lawn tree#deer resistant#fall fruits#black fruits#deciduous tree#purple fruits#fruits early fall
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#small tree#interesting bark#specimen#semi-evergreen#white bark#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#winter interest#street tree#year-round interest#showy fruits#lawn tree#deer resistant#fall fruits#black fruits#deciduous tree#purple fruits#fruits early fall
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cornus
    Species:
    wilsoniana
    Family:
    Cornaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Twig blight
    Dimensions:
    Height: 16 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 12 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Purple-black drupes in the fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Cyme
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Corymbose to paniculate cymes of small white 4 petaled flowers with no bracts appear in mid-spring. Flowers are tiny but a tree in full flower is very showy.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, opposite, ellipical, pubescent, with entire margins 4" long, tapered at the base and tip.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    White
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth ornamental white bark is very showy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies