Dogwood trees, of the genus Cornus, can make beautiful and mostly hardy additions to a landscape. Their small to medium size and shrub or tree habits allow for various applications around the landscape. Beautiful blooms of yellow to creamy white or pink and vibrant fall foliage colors along with exfoliating bark or horizontal branching add interest to a property throughout the seasons. Small species do well as a shrub border, and larger trees can be used on residential, commercial and municipal location if planted correctly.
Most dogwood species fare best when grown in moist, well-drained soil with a high organic matter content. As long as soils are not excessively wet nor dry, these plants will probably tolerate the conditions, although they prefer slightly acidic soils with a pH of 5.5 to 6.6. Dogwoods will thrive in partial to fully sunny locations, and may require little pruning. However, dependant on the species chosen, they can be susceptible to: dogwood anthracnose, spot anthracnose, Botrytis petal blight, trunk canker, dogwood borer and/or dogwood sawfly.
Here are several species of dogwoods commonly kept on landscapes, their hardiness information, tolerances and habit description:
For advice on which dogwood species to plant on your property and for help with site selection, disease or pest control and proper nutrition, contact your arborist.