Large white flowers cover Hyperion dogwood in early spring. Hyperion hails from the dogwood breeding team at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The over-size blooms nearly overlap to blanket the tree in white. Flowers fade to form red, strawberry-like fruits that birds love. Fall color offers a medley of hues: purple, gold and orange. Expect this dogwood to reach its mature size of 20 feet tall and wide in roughly 20 years. Hardy in Zones 6-9.
Meet a dogwood that blends disease resistance with small stature (no pruning required!). Venus dogwood is the result of a cross between Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) and Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa). The resulting beauty features 6-inch-wide spring flowers, red berry-like fruits in autumn and red fall color. Birds flock to this dogwood to gobble the fruit, making it a must-have in a wildlife or bird garden. Size: Up to 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Venus Dogwood is the result of a cross between Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) and Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa). Its flowers are up to 6 inches across—as big as a hand. Like other dogwoods, this cross shows strong resistance to Japanese beetle feeding. Leaves have a strong venation pattern that creates an almost quilted effect, which could be why the beetles give it a pass.
Turn your own backyard into a Zen paradise with a little elbow grease or, in this case, a great landscape architect. The look is accomplished with plants like Japanese maple, dogwoods, azaleas, ornamental grass and artfully placed rocks.
The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
Check out this well maintained backyard with basketball court designed by Groundworks Inc. The basketball court is surrounded by a lawn and shrub border. The shrub border is comprised of hydrangea, spirea and red twig dogwood.
In the distance, the Kousa Dogwood acts as a focal point to pull the eye through the front pathway along with the low Liriope in the foreground. Designer tip: Soft textures and colors, like in these hydrangeas, evoke a feeling of being able to wander and get lost in relaxation.
Cornelian cherry ‘Red Star’ produces aromatic fruits with a tart-sweet taste. The trees, once down jus ornamentals, are related to dogwoods, and have a shrub-like growth habit, reaching 8 to 10 feet high. Grow two varieties for cross-pollination, and you may harvest as much as 40 pounds of cherries per plant. ‘Red Star’ holds its good looks in fall, when the leaves turn yellow and crimson.