Cornus elliptica Empress of China« 'ELSBRY' (Empress of China« Evergreen Dogwood)
An evergreen Chinese Dogwood with a graceful, yet vigorous habit and loads of flowers. Each branch holds dozens of white blooms that eventually transform into translucent strawberry-like fruit. Empress of China will light up your partly-shaded garden year-round color and excitement. It relishes heat.
Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Snow Tower'« (Upright Chinese Dogwood)
It has all the features you've come to expect from Chinese dogwood: excellent white flowers followed by showy fruit, great fall color of orange red and narrower habit - to only 8 ft. wide in twenty five years. Snow Tower could easily be utilized as a street tree with such a habit!
A prolific bloomer, its stout stems ensure that the flowers don't droop. Although the coarse leaves give it an almost tropical appearance, the autumn leaf colors are a rich mix of red, burnt orange, and green. When the notably persistent foliage drops, the tan/brown exfoliating bark is a pleasing unexpected bonus.
The Oakleaf Hydrangeas share many desirable characteristics: white flowers with bold, trouble-free foliage that turns burgundy red in the fall. Double-flowered 'Snowflake' may have the largest inflorescences, which are usually upright. Prefers light shade.