The Dogwoods are an interesting group of shrubs, with many different forms, some being quite exotic in appearance. Commonly seen are varieties of Cornus alba, whose red bark shows itself off particularly well in low winter sunshine.
The leaf of Cornus alba is quite an ordinary green, however …
… this is Cornus alba ‘Spaethii’ which is a very attractive yellow and pale green variegation.
This is the yellow bark Dogwood – Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’, which creates a completely different impression.
Moving away from the type of ‘blanket’ planting that we are used to seeing Cornus alba exploited for, here we have the ‘Stand Alone’ beauty of Cornus kousa. This small tree produces these white ‘Bracts’ in June to give a ‘Once seen, Never forgotten’ impression.
The fruit of Cornus kousa surpasses the ordinary white berry of Cornus alba.