Giant Dogwood, cornus controversa

Giant Dogwood, cornus controversa
Item# DA-giantdogwood
$1.75
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Product Description

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The Giant Dogwood is a very picturesque tree due to its horizontal, tiered branching and extremely wide crown. Rather than rounding its crown with maturity, the Giant Dogwood often continues to tier more layers. This species is one of 2 species of Dogwoods that bear their leaves alternately, rather than opposite. The leaf is dark green and smooth above, blue-green beneath, carried on long, slender stalks, and clustered at the tips of the shoots. In contrast to most other dogwoods, the Giant Dogwood produces very small creamy-white flowers clustered in large heads in late May and early June. The fruit is one-quarter inch in diameter, round, and progresses from reddish to purple to blue-black from August to September. In youth, the young tree has smooth, gray bark that becomes ridged and furrowed with age. Like most species of dogwood, the Giant Dogwood has a fibrous, spreading root system which transplants best as a young plant. This specimen requires moist, acidic, well-drained soil doing best when planted in partial shade although it will tolerate full sun. The wood is durable, close-grained and reddish-brown in color. In Japan, wooden puppets and dolls are made from the wood of this tree. The leaves turn red in the fall. The Giant Dogwood can reach 40-60 feet in height. It's cold hardy to zone 6.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 90 days. Germination: Sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp soil, and mulch seed bed. Other: Fall sowing in mulched seedbed is prefered to artificial stratification