Dainty tree that does not thoughts the chilly

Flowering dogwood… dainty to develop in our local weather and it doesn’t thoughts the chilly climate. Photograph: Jackie Warburton

The flowering dogwood is arguably one of many daintiest bushes to develop in our local weather and it doesn’t thoughts the chilly climate, both, says gardening columnist JACKIE WARBURTON.

Jackie Warburton.

THE flowering dogwood (Cornus kousa) can develop as much as 10 metres tall and extensive the place the soil is acidic and moist, and the place the soil gained’t dry out. Plant camellias and different acid-loving vegetation round it. Importantly, it wants safety from the recent, afternoon winds. 

In early spring its delicate, new, lush foliage seems in addition to the small inexperienced flowers with bracts or modified leaves which are white and open flat to appear to be flowers. 

Coming into autumn, the foliage is spectacular with crimson reds. Because the leaves fall, it may be an actual function plant within the backyard. 

The fruit that’s maturing now could be vivid purple – and the birds will let you realize when they’re ripe and prepared for selecting.

Pruning is just required if there are any damaged, crossing over or useless branches and holding a balanced tree construction. 

Fertilise late winter across the dripline of the tree with compost and any natural matter or manures, water in and mulch, and it will likely be prepared for flowering in spring.

The Nationwide Arboretum has a forest of Japanese flowering dogwoods that had been planted in September, 2009, and this species has edible fruit as properly. 

The Buddies of the Arboretum Harvest Group has made preserves to promote at its harvest stalls previously, so look out for dogwood jelly or dogwood fruit glaze at your subsequent go to. 

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The dogwood bushes in Forest 8 needs to be placing on a present with the autumn colors and the gorgeous show of white bracts shall be value taking a look at in spring. 

With greater than 50 species of dogwoods on the planet, there are lots of that go well with our local weather. One other showstopper in winter is the Siberian dogwood (Cornus alba). 

This species has shiny, cherry purple, deciduous stems in winter and generally is a putting function in a pot for a winter show. 

There’s additionally the good yellow stems of the yellow-stemmed dogwood (Cornus sericea), a suckering shrub that must be contained. Nevertheless it gives beautiful white flowers in spring and produces white, ornamental berries as properly. 

The Himalayan dogwood (Cornus capitata) is an evergreen that grows six metres tall and 4 metres extensive. A big, slow-growing shrub, it has buttery yellow bracts within the spring and enormous fruit late spring to autumn. 

The flowering Cornus florida can be a really lovely species that’s spectacular when in flower. Its fruits aren’t edible.

The winter heliotrope… is a low-growing floor cowl for the place nothing else will develop. Photograph: Jackie Warburton

THE winter heliotrope (Petasites pyrenaicus) is a low-growing floor cowl for deep shade and a terrific plant for the place nothing else will develop.

A decorative flowering plant, it creates a crowded community of underground roots and doesn’t like root competitors from different vegetation. 

En masse below a shaded tree will present this plant off finest. 

It often blooms in winter and produces tiny clusters of pink flowers which are stated to have the perfume of cherry pie. 

After flowering, the heart-shaped leaves seem and canopy the bottom fairly rapidly. In some gardens, if the soil is simply too moist, it could have to be contained in backyard beds to forestall spreading. 

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Nonetheless, it’s an fascinating plant to develop in darkish shade with fascinating foliage.


  • Spray all stone and cherry bushes with copper oxychloride and white oil.
  • Purchase autumn-coloured bushes now to see their finest colors. 
  • The subsequent month is an efficient time to plant or transfer camellias and evergreen shrubs. 

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Ian Meikle, editor