A large shrub that spreads from root suckers, it is usually no more than 10 ft. tall. Tolerates deep shade and still flowers reliably. Although its suckering habit and small stature might suggest a tender nature, it is remarkably hardy, tolerating winter lows to -31░F. Rarely found in quantity in the wholesale trade, this is a choice American native to reserve for your best customers.
A Rutgers selection with huge white flowers, foliage resistant to the leaf diseases that plague seedling flowering dogwoods. Here in Oregon, our stock plants flower for a month starting in early to mid-May. Its exceptional vigor can result in too-leggy growth, even with routine fertilizer use. Manage nitrogen application conservatively.
Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.