Dogwoods are Double the Pleasure
with bright spring flowers and colorful autumn leaves.
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Few small trees match the year-round beauty of Dogwoods. While these garden favorites are celebrated in spring for their stunning displays of pink, red and white flowers, many are worth planting just for their outstanding show of fall color. The combination of spring flower and fall color varies greatly among the many cultivars available. Two selections worth planting just for their season-long display of uniquely variegated foliage are described. Colorful bracts are a seasonal bonus.

Samaritan® Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Samzam’) is a new cultivar with variegated foliage. Boldly variegated, creamy white and green foliage contributes a show of color throughout the spring and summer months, when strawberry-like red fruits appear. This handsome tree cranks up the color in fall when the multi-colored leaves turn to rich pink and burgundy. This lovely, all-season performer bears prolific white blooms in May and June after most flowering trees have finished blooming. Upright branches form a vase-shaped canopy that grows to a height of about 25 feet and a spread of 20 feet. Hardiness is USDA Zone 4.

Gold Spot Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii ‘Gold Spot) sports golden yellow spots boldy splashed on dark green foliage. Fresh and striking in appearance, this variegated form of the Pacific Northwest native dogwood is both unique and beautiful. Showy cream-white blooms appear before the foliage in May and appear again in August. Perched above the variegated foliage, these are very striking at a time when the flowering of trees is rare. Small red fruits add interest in autumn, too. Hardy through USDA Zone 7, this unusual trees grows to a height of about 35 feet and a spread of about 20 feet.

Click here to discover six divine dogwoods, described on a downloadable fact sheet.
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