Monday, September 18, 2006

Variegated Chinese Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'
(KOR-nus) (KOO-suh)

One of my favorite trees. I use it to light up a partly shaded nook in the garden. This smaller than the species dogwood is eye catching. It takes them a couple of years to get going but when they do it is spectacular. The slightly ruffled leaves are resistant to disease and have a nice cream edge around the green center. Some references to this tree say it is able to take sun but I don’t think that is true. It does best in some shade but if you want flowers it needs stronger light. This tree doesn’t get too tall and has a nice spreading habit. The flowers are kind of strange, almost a greenish white. The berries are typical Kousa, maybe a little smaller, with good red color. Looks good in the woodland garden.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

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