CORNUS continued
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CORNUS 'Gloria Birkett'
This is a charming hybrid, subtly different to the better known 'Norman Hadden'. The leaves maintain a simpler green colour, with less of the bronzing seem in the other hybrids. Large creamy white bracts are produced in June or July (later than is typical for C. kousa) which mature to pink, creating an almost bicolour effect as the flowering period moves on. The characteristic strawberry-like fruit are large and freely produced.
See it in our Winter Garden.

CORNUS 'Kenwyn Clapp'
This delightful plant occurred as a self sown seedling in the garden of Mr Kenwyn Clapp near Plymouth. It is probable that the parents were C. capitata and C. kousa. It is very similar in leaf shape and habit to the well known hybrid of similar parentage 'C. Norman Hadden'. These hybrids are all variably semi-evergreen, retaining more or less leaf according to the severity of the winter. C. 'Kenwyn Clapp' has a greater degree of pink flushing through the foliage which is reflected in the pinker flower bracts, particularly as they mature. Altogether a welcome and worthy addition to a very beautiful group of small trees.
See it in the Gardens here.

CORNUS 'Norman Hadden' 
(C. kousa x C. capitata) This beautiful small tree originated in Porlock, Somerset. Our plants are derived from the original plant now at Knightshayes Court, Devon. Creamy white flower bracts in June turning deep pink with age. Large strawberry like fruits in autumn. Happiest in a sheltered sunny site. Semi-evergreen, dependent on the winter.

CORNUS 'Porlock'
(C. capitata x C. kousa) A sister seedling originally to the popular Cornus 'Norman Hadden', 'Porlock' is semi-evergreen dependant on the weather and location, though less evergreen than C. 'Norman Hadden'. (Consider it to be one step closer to its kousa parentage.) Like its sibling, it bracts later in the summer, being at its best from June into July. The bracts open creamy white and mature to pink, going through a wonderful almost apricot phase. The typical strawberry-like fruit are freely produced.
See it in the Gardens here.

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