Cornus florida Rubra - American Dogwood are native to North America and have been widely cultivated as an ornamental trees, with many different varieties and cultivars having been developed, especially in the USA. In spring the sheer impact of these beautiful trees is almost without peer. They are worthy contenders for a position in any garden, large or small. Cornus florida Rubra was introduced around 1889. The name orginally applied to all Cornus florida with pink to red flowers however over time it is now become the plant we offer here and is one of the most commonly planted of the Cornus floridas. It is renown for its particularly attractive rich, rosy red flowers that are produced in abundance in spring in up turned clusters along the tops of the branches. The young leaves emerge reddish tinged and in autumn turn to an amazing array of reds and purples. Small strawberry like fruits cling to the branches. The fruits are inedible to humans but are a great favourite with birds. A truly beautiful spectacle for both spring and autumn! Its slow growing and compact habit make it ideal for the smaller garden and it is often grown in a pot. Easy to grow in a full sun or semi shade location, in a fertile, moist, acidic to neutral soil. These will not thrive in chalky soils. In pots use a good quality ericaceous John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade, become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer.
These plants are grafted to ensure a good quality and long lived plant.