- Common Name(s):
- Giant dogwood
- Variegata, Shikokumontana aka Hemsl.
Medium to tall ornamental flowering tree.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Fall Bloom: Summer, early Fruit: Summer-Fall, red berries
Wildlife Value: Fruits are attractive to birds and plants provide nesting sites. Members of the genus Cornus support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia.
Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. When stressed, is susceptible to a large number of disease problems, most serious is dogwood anthracnose. Other diseases include powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf & twig blight. It can also become vulnerable to borers.
- 35-45 ft.
- 3-7 in. flat-topped cyme of creamy white flowers in May-June; 0.25 in. reddish to purple to blue black fruit
- Sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil
- Picturesque; horizontal branches; wide-spreading
- 20-30 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Moderate to rapid
- 3-6 in. alternate, simple leaves; may develop purple fall color
NCCES plant id: 1963