Cornus Venus ('Kn30-8')
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Recently hybridised in the US by Dr. E Orton, this new dogwood is the result of crossing Cornus nuttallii and Cornus kousa var. chinensis. The result is a beautiful small tree that is very tough and undemanding, has good drought tolerance and a high resistance to diseases. Its most striking feature however is the size of its creamy white bracts, which appear for several weeks from mid to late May. These are extremely large and can grow up to 15cm across, which creates a spectacular show, especially as they are usually produced in large numbers once the plant has become established. On more mature plants, these 'flowers' may be followed by large, strawberry-like fruits. This tree has the added bonus of providing spectacular autumn colour, when the large, glossy green leaves take on rich shades of yellow, orange and purple. Its compact habit and many interesting features make it a stunning focal point in a smaller garden.
- Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning.
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