This unusual hybrid is a cross between the Western dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, and the Eastern North American species, Cornus florida. The large flowers open in early spring and have broad overlapping bracts (false petals) that are gleaming white and abundant. The tree has a narrow frame and distinctive lax layered branching habit that works well in the garden and shows the blooms to their best advantage. It has shown resistance to dogwood anthracnose, a common foliage disease.
This unique tree prefers a rich well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Provide a location with full sun to light or open shade. In too much shade or areas without good air circulation foliage disease can be a problem. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed and can ruin the lovely layered branching pattern.
Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed and can ruin the lovely layered branching pattern.
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