Cornus Florida Rubra forms a broadly conical tree with ovate, slightly twisted, leaves that show good autumn colour. The plant itself originates from North America, particularly around the Eastern part of the country. The plant has an interesting history in that around 1915, forty dogwood saplings were donated by U.S. to Japan in the 1912-15 exchange of flowers between Tokyo and Washington, D.C. The cherry trees survived despite war between the two countries later on. Eventually all the trees except one died and in 2012 America donated more of these trees once again to Japan on the anniversary of 1912. Discrete green flowers, surrounded by four showy bracts in a reddish-pink and white, appear in early summer followed by red fruits. The plant itself is hardy for the British climate at H5 and only needs sheltering in extreme cold weather. The plant itself is generally pest free but can get horse chestnut scale so keep an eye out for this. There are potential diseases to take into consideration as well. Follow the guidelines of pruning group 1 for maintaining. The maximum height is between 4 m – 8 m (13.12ft – 26ft) and the maximum width is between 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft – 26 ft)
Latin Name: Cornus Florida Rubra
English Name: Flowering Dogwood
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Summer
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -25 °C to -15 °C (-13 °F to 5 °F)
Growth Habit: Bushy
Pests: Generally pest free but can get horse chestnut scale
Diseases: May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases
Cultivation: Grow in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or partial shade. Keep roots cool with a mulch in summer. Shelter in exposed locations
Propagation: Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer
Pruning: Pruning group 1
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance
Final Height: 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft – 26 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 4 m – 8 m (13.12 ft – 26 ft)
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