The lovely, butterflylike blooms of dogwoods herald the beginning of spring, and the show continues into winter with the cheery spectacle of red fruits clinging to bare branches. Dogwoods are versatile trees that do well in full sun and moist soil or shady spots. Most feature fantastic fall color in addition to the attractive blooms.
Botanical name: Cornus florida Common names: Flowering dogwood, Eastern dogwood USDA zones: 5 to 9 Water requirement: Moderate; don't let the soil dry out Light requirement: Full sun or partial shade Mature size: Up to 20 to 30 feet tall and wide Growing tips: Watch for anthracnose, a debilitating fungus that shows on leaves.
Satomi’ Dogwood is a pink-flowered variety of the Korean Dogwood. ‘Satomi’s’ deep, rosy pink flowers appear a little later than other Dogwood varieties. The flowers appear in late spring and are followed by large red fruits. Falll color is orangey-red. The deep green leaves may have a purplish tinge and are resistant to anthracnose. This slow grower has a rounded form with beautiful horizontal branching.