Many people are not aware of how many options there are when it comes to variety of dogwoods. There are hundreds of cultivars, and we try our best to select the best from each category that will perform well in zone 8. Dogwoods make small, yet stunning specimen trees, and are a staple in the landscape. They prefer well drained soil, rich in organic matter, and slightly acidic. Dogwoods are natural under-story trees, and perform better through filtered sun; although many will adapt to a full sun location if given proper care.
Cloud Nine- This is a very prolific selection of dogwood with showy, white, spring blooms of overlapping petals; glossy dark green foliage in summer; reddish purple leaves in fall; and red berries holding on in the start of winter, giving interest every season. They grow to an average of 15-20ft tall, and tend to have a short trunk with many horizontal branches giving them a moderate globed shape.
Cherokee Princess- This selection of white dogwood has became an industry standard due to its improved disease resistance, vigorous growth, and reliable, heavy blooms in spring. The Cherokee Princess grows to an average of 25ft tall. It has demonstrated adaptability to full sun in zone 8 better than many other cultivars, but thrives in filtered sun or afternoon shade. They have gorgeous reddish-purple fall leaf color, followed by red berries in winter. Cherokee Princess is basically an improved cultivar of the traditional Southern Dogwood.
Celestial Shadows- Yes, this really is a Variegated Dogwood. It is a hybrid that will leaf out, then flower; unlike the traditional dogwoods. This makes it a good option to add to the collection not only because of its bright foliage but because it blooms after many other spring flowering trees already bloomed. On top of showing off all summer, fall color starts out with a blend of red, purple, yellow and green foliage before finally turning to a rose-burgundy color. This makes it one of the prettiest dogwoods in our book.
Milky Way- This is a type of Chinese Dogwood that will leaf out first, and then flower. We have selected Milky Way because at the peak of blossoming, the heavy blooms almost hide the foliage. Chinese Dogwoods are becoming more popular because of their beautiful, round canopy in the summer, in addition to their pronounced, spring display of white flowers. Their fall colors, bleeding from yellow-orange to rust to burgundy are nothing less than an a soothing balm after a long, hot summer.
White Flowering Dogwood-This is the good-old-fashioned native dogwood (Cornus Florida). This is the type that grows wild in the woods and that many of us who grew up in this region recognize . In spring, they burst with showy, white blooms before they leaf out with glossy, green summer foliage; followed by beautiful fall color.
We keep in stock a good selection of many sizes and types of dogwoods. Please gives us a call for most current availability and questions.
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