Cornus   Cornaceae    Cornel or Dogwood

yellow twig dogwood

Red Twig dogwood

Description: Cornus or Dogwood is and enormous variety of breeds from tiny ground-creeping to magnificent trees 50 feet high. There are about 45 species of which most are deciduous. 

Misc. info: Although dogwoods tolerate shade, those with colorful stems will be even more colorful in bright light. Other dogwoods require or thrive on shade.  Shade can keep the dogwoods cool in warm climates.




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Site: Dogwoods thrive in a wide range of well-drained soils in full sun.  Moist, well mulched sites are best. Best color is in full sun.