Flowering Dogwoods are known for their colors! Foliage, stem, flower, fall color, and many times fruit! Cornus species are vibrant during all four seasons of the year! Dogwood shrubs (Cornus) are a popular choice for snowy climates, where they add colorful life to drab winter landscapes!
Nature Hills offers many Red Twigged Dogwood and many other varieties of Dogwood shrubs! Nature Hills offers these versatile shrubs in a variety of foliage colors - some variegated colors are offered as well!
Not only do Dogwood adorn themselves with a flush of white flowers each spring, but many varieties form bird-friendly berries that add to their fall interest among the showy fall hues and color of winter their stems!
There are two main types of Dogwood shrubs:
- Native thicket-forming, suckering, and spreading type that thrives in higher moisture in wetlands throughout the US.
- Flowering Dogwood shrubs and hybrids that are typically grown as large, lower-branched shrubs or can be trained into small trees
Some of these shrubs form thickets and colonies thrive in higher moisture locations and their dense branching becomes bird heaven for nesting all spring and summer, and shelter throughout the colder months of the year. Plus, Giant Silk Moths and several species of butterflies favor Dogwood species as Host Plants for their larvae.
Dogwood Bushes In The Landscape
Dogwood shrubs are typically used for informal hedges, screening, snow fencing, and intermixed in shelterbelts and windbreaks. Their color makes them fantastic as specimens, privacy groupings, and property-defining rows!
Their vibrant foliage is almost out-shown by the brightly colored young stems stand out against the snow and drab spring while also filling your late-season planters with colorful seasonal décor and your vases with unique stems.
Dogwood plants are used as plants as specimens, privacy screens, in borders, or as smaller hedges. It looks great planted alone but is more dramatic when you plant several plants in a group. Either way, the native and many cultivars of Dogwood are beautiful additions to any garden!
The shrubs can be trimmed into a more structured hedge or left to grow into their naturally tidy form. Garden anchors and foundation plantings, Dogwoods light up your landscape in every way you need - no matter what your garden has to offer!
Dogwood Shrub Care
Dogwood shrubs are super hardy and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Variegated forms will appreciate more sun to help keep the colorful foliage and the plants uniform. Easy to grow and require a once-a-year pruning once mature. Dogwood shrubs brighten the gloom without any fuss or muss!
An established Dogwood is drought-tolerant and adaptable to both cold and hot weather extremes. It is a hardy shrub, and adaptable to multiple soil types including high soil moisture and well-drained clay.
Dogwood shrubs are easy to care for, and they adapt well to pruning. Dogwoods bloom on old wood, setting the flowers for the following year during the summer. So time your trimming in the late winter or very early in the spring.
Thicket-forming Dogwood can also be pruned by removing the oldest stems down the ground leaving the younger thinner stems in place as they have the best stem color. This renewal pruning should be done about every second to third year or whenever you notice stems lacking color. Trim suckers to the ground on thicket-forming Dogwood shrubs to keep them tidy if you don't wish them to spread.
Dogwood shrubs are generally deer-resistant and unless they are desperate, deer usually pass them by. If you live in an area with a heavy deer population, from day one spray your shrub with deer repellant and reapply according to product directions to train deer that your shrubs don't taste good and steer them away from your landscape!
Four-Season of Beauty!
Spring flowers, fantastic foliage, fall color, berries, blooms, and fall color - Oh My!
Hurry and secure these versatile, adaptable native selections today from Nature Hills Nursery!
You, your home's curb appeal, and the green-with-envy neighbors will sing praises to these incredible colorful deciduous shrubs! Not to mention all the local songbirds and butterflies that will be glad you picked up a few Dogwood bushes from NatureHills.com today!