Wonderful ornamental tree originating from China. Normally grows as a large spreading shrub, with pinky- white pea-like flowers emerging directly from the stems in spring. Large, elegant leaves. Enjoys deep fertile soils in full sun or light shade and is very easy to grow. Fully hardy. H:2-4m
A cross between Cornus florida and Cornus nuttallii, with glossy, dark green leaves, turning a beautiful red- purple in autumn. Spectacular early summer flowers have large (7.5cm) white bracts. In time Ascona will take on a weeping habit. Fully hardy. H: 3-5m
Deciduous spreading tree or shrub with mid green leaves turning purple in the autumn. Layers of large white bracted flowers in early summer make for a stunning and desireable plant. Happy in full sun or light shade and will do best in rich, moist but well drained soils. H:2-5m.
Outstanding small, ornamental deciduous tree or large shrub. Masses of tiny green flowers in early summer are surrounded by large creamy-white flower bracts. A profusely-flowering variety with good autumn red foliage tints. When mature, strawberry-like ornamental fruits are produced which are very attractive to birds. Fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Fully hardy. H: 2-4m
A beautiful small tree or large shrub with spreading, tiered branches; white margined leaves, small white flowers and spherical blue-black (inedible) fruit. Best in dappled shade and moister soils. H: 2-3m
Himalayan flowering dogwood. Very attractive shrub or, in sheltered areas, small tree. Semi- evergreen. Grey--green foliage and flowerheads surrounded by lovely sulphur-yellow bract in mid-summer. Best in a little light shade and reasonably good soil. Hardy.
One of the most beautiful of all garden plants. Layered branches carry small, pale green leaves which develop rich red-purple colours in the autumn. Masses of small white flowers in early summer followed by blue fruit. Will grow well in either full sun or partial shade, and will do best on richer soils that do not get very dry in the summer; mulching in the spring with well rooted garden compost or manure will help retain moisture. . H:5-7m
An exceptionally beautiful small tree, with flat layers of branches ('tabulated') with green and silver-margined foliage. Cream flowers in May and small black fruits in autumn add further appeal. Native to China. H: 2-4m
Flowering dogwood, forming a large spreading shrub or small tree; leaves tinted soft purple, and the flowers have distinctly rosy-red bracts. Extremely beautiful and rewarding; full sun or light shade. Fully hardy. H: 2-3m
Very beautiful deciduous small tree or large shrub. Profuse flowering in early summer with large and distinctive white bracts around each flower. Lighter green leaves than the parent species. Sun or part shade on moist but well drained soil, but not chalky conditions. H: up to 3-5m.
Raised in 1951 in the USA, Cloud Nine is noted for its creamy white blooms and reliable flowering from a young age. Leaves also produce vivid red, orange and purple colours in autumn. Fully hardy and ideal in full sun or light shade in rich reliably moist soils - mulch well if in doubt. H: 2-5m