Rarely available; selected as a branch sport on 'Satomi'. It has white-variegated foliage similar to 'Wolf Eyes', but the flower bracts and foliage are irregularly specked with pink. With irrigation it is not as susceptible to sunburn in Oregon, but reports from TN growers suggest that it may do best there in partial shade or on a north facing slope to protect it from the worst of late afternoon summer heat.
Best known of the pink C. kousa selections. Flowers are a rich variety of muted pinks. Leaves also tinted with a bit of maroon, adding summer-long interest. Income potential matches its ornamental promise, as its growth is upright and strong. It is not patented, and almost never develops the disease problems associated with C. florida.
Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' (Summer Fun Chinese Dogwood)
Introduced by Talon Buchholz, this brilliant, white-margin variegated clone seems perfectly sun tolerant and puts on a show to rival any of the daunting number of other white-variegated kousas. It is the most vigorous variegated clone we have grown.
Crispin Silva of Crispin's Creations, Molalla, OR has a sharp eye for plants of superior ornamental merit. This selection from him has an auspicious future and ours were the first ever offered to the wholesale trade. Distinctly upright in form, as opposed to the other gold-variegated dogwood, 'Gold Star'. Its uniform yellow variegation, unwrinkled leaves and strong growing habit qualify it a money-maker.
Originally a branch sport, this dogwood is strongly white variegated. It's fine in the sun, but should be used to brighten a shady spot in the landscape. 'Wolf Eyes' is a compact plant and has excellent pink and red fall color.
Small leaves and profuse white, bell-shaped June flowers. Best planted where the masses of pendant blossoms may be seen from below, such as along a rock wall or embankment. Pest-free, hardy, and rapid-growing. Occasional pruning when it is young encourages an open branch habit so that its flowers are more easily seen.
Styrax japonicus 'Evening Light' (Purple Leaved Japanese Snowbell)
The very limited supply of this plant serves to create a aura of mystery and in this case, wow, it is worth waiting for; foliage of a lovely chocolaty purple sets off fragrant white flowers. Small stature, precious blossoming, and pest free nature all lend a high degree of usability to Japanese Snowbell.
Leaves with fuzzy underside, much larger than those of the far more common S. japonicus. Superb, fragrant flowers dangle in long showy clusters. Open branch habit; ultimately twice as tall as S. japonicus. Requires full sun and well-drained soil.