Monday, January 26, 2009

Bentham's Cornel Dogwood

Bentham's Cornel Dogwood
Cornus capitata
(KOR-nus) (kap-ih-TAY-tuh)
Synonyms: Himalayan Flowering Dogwood, Evergreen Dogwood, Himalayan Strawberry Tree

This tree was growing at a very unique Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California (Sonoma County). Our visit in October was fascinating and to read more about the garden click this link.

The Dogwoods were completely covered with these fruits, which were quite a bit larger than the ‘normal’ Cornus kousa we grow here.

There is a variation that is supposedly hardy to USDA Zone 6 called Cornus angustata though both times I tried it didn’t make the winter even after a couple of years. Cornus capitata is hardy to Zone 8 which is two zones warmer than most of Connecticut.

We made it across Texas to El Paso. I found the hill country to beautiful in a stark, abstract way. I had a visit from the Texas Department of Public Safety about three quarters of the way across. Luckily they just issued me a warning. It’s off to Tuscon where we might spend a couple of days before heading to California.


Annette Monts Falls said...

there is a dogwood here folks call a Japanese Dogwood that looks so much like your photo......blooms much later than 'regular' dogwoods in our woods.....there are several planted on the grounds of the nursing home my parents live, but I had never noticed differencies until then in local dogwoods.

Princess Haiku said...

I have never seen this before. It looks like a fairy world flower.

Mojo said...

I'm guessing you can't eat these either. too bad... looks like they could be tasty.

texasdaisey said...

Your perspective in this picture is so interesting. Hope you don't mind me stopping by. I have so enjoyed your beautiful pictures.

Susanne49 said...

What an interesting and pretty plant!

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