CORNUS continued
last updated 20/10/2014

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detailing what you need the tree to achieve, and I will do my best to help you.

Don't forget that there are lots of lovely specimen plants to help get you going more quickly. With their dense root system, Cornus establish better from a larger plant.

CORNUS kousa 'National' 
This magnificent cultivar is of dense, rounded habit and the large flowers are very freely produced. They open white, then deepen to pink as they mature. This gives an interesting bicolour effect across the whole plant and maximises the time of interest.

CORNUS kousa 'Ohkan'
I find myself increasingly shying away from the continuing stream of variegated Cornus becoming available. Yet this Japanese selection is definitely worth having. I can liken it to our own selection ‘Greta’s Gold’, but, much as it pains me to admit it, this one is better! The green and yellow variegation is much cleaner and brighter, and seems more stable too. The typical white bracts in June are followed by rich orange, red and purple autumn colour, along with plentiful fruit. Not a vigorous plant though.
Specimens only this season - please ask for size and price details.

CORNUS kousa 'Peve Limbo'
Introduced in Holland in 2001, this variegated clone has larger leaves and therefore greater vigour than most other similar selections. The foliage is irregularly margined creamy-white on dark greyish-green, with a yellow flush through the new growth.

CORNUS kousa 'Pollywood' 
Named after Polly Hill of Massachusetts who selected it, it is essentially white, but creamy towards the middle and subtly tipped with pink; the bracts are slightly later produced and very long lasting.

CORNUS kousa 'Radiant Rose'
This stunning American cultivar continues to impress me with its vigour and beautiful large pink bracts. The fruit were quite incredible too, being plentiful and large. I noted with interest that there is a tremendous difference between the fruit of various cultivars. Although ostensibly the same at first glance, these are very smooth, whilst others are quite bumpy!

CORNUS kousa 'Rasen' 
Broad creamy white bracts are freely produced, overlapping and reflexing with maturity.

CORNUS kousa 'Rosea' (ex Rosemoor Gardens)
This material came from a very beautiful plant in Lady Ann’s garden at Rosemoor, which has clearly been there for many years. It is good to know that an identical replacement has been planted to replace it when the time comes. Lovely pink bracts. I have been quoted in "Dogwoods" as proposing that it should be named 'Rosemoor Pink' to set it apart. I really should follow that through. 

CORNUS kousa 'Samaritan' 
One of the 'Biblical series' from the USA, a seedling of 'Milky Way' the variegation on this selection is beautiful. Rich creamy markings really enhance the summer display but without compromising the bracting. Considering the variegation, this is a strong grower.

CORNUS kousa 'Satomi' 
We imported this beautiful form from Japan. The dark pink flower bracts surround a central creamy eye. The bronzey foliage reflects the pink bracts, and develops lovely autumn colours.

CORNUS kousa 'Schmetterling'    
A vigorous selection of upright habit, from the Continent. Large bracts are freely produced.

CORNUS kousa 'Snowbird' 
A sturdy and compact form to little more than 3m, making it ideal for the smaller garden. The bracts may also be proportionally smaller, but somehow that just adds to its elegance.

CORNUS kousa 'Snowboy' 
This beautiful but rare and slow growing form has white margined, greyish leaves flushed pink. They sell on sight in the autumn due to the exquisite pink colours. It is best planted amongst other trees to protect it from direct sun. We won the prestigious "Award of Merit" with this spectacular plant at Les Journees des Plants de Courson.

CORNUS kousa var. chinensis 'Snowflake' 
The name reflects the distribution of the flowers and the graceful habit of the plant when in flower. Wrong season though! This one was selected for larger bracts which each have a distinctive wavy edge.

CORNUS kousa 'Snow Flurry'
I can't find much information about this European selection, either in literature or on the internet. Certainly it flowers profusely for us, but I've not really grown it for long enough yet to truly understand its unique characteristics. Early signs are that its a good one though - so if you fancy snow flurries on your lawn in June, then this is the plant for you!

CORNUS kousa 'Southern Cross'
Creamy white bracts mature through pink, starting with just a delicate pink tip. This extends their "flowering" time very satisfactorily. A delightful New Zealand selection of more stocky habit.

CORNUS kousa var. chinensis 'Spinners'
Selected by Peter Chappell at Spinners Garden for its profuse flowering.

CORNUS kousa 'Square Dance'
The distinctive large, creamy white bracts overlap to give the appearance of a "square flower" which is always commented upon. Upright growth habit and good autumn colour as well as large fruit.

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