Cornus officinalis 'Kintoki' (Cornelian Dogwood)

Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Light: Part sun
Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
Description: Japanese Cornel Dogwood is really underused in the landscape, and it is a beautiful winter- flowering tree. Native to China, Japan and Korea, Cornus officinalis usually grows as a large, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub to a small tree. In late January into February small but showy clusters of yellow flowers bloom. These blooms are followed in fall by showy red fruits (drupes) that are technically edible but most would find them astringent. It also sports bicolored flaking bark in shades of brown and orange.

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Photos: (Left) Pleasant Run Nursery and (Right) Dawes Arboretum
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