I live in the Traverse City, Michigan area. We recently fenced in our backyard to keep our 3 felines in. In doing so we created a courtyard in one area. Since this courtyard only gets sun from 1:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon, I figured I should stick to mostly shade/partial shade plants. Since the backdrop will be the woods, I thought a dogwood shrub would be perfect to separate the garden from the woods. That area gets filtered shade. I need something to fill 8 ft area wide to 8 to 10' tall. Arborvitae is out because it needs full sun. I asked a local nursery if they had any Dogwood shrubs. I was really looking for the Cherokee (red flower) or the white. I was told that only Dogwood Trees flower--shrubs don't. I've searched the internet and unless I am reading the sites wrong, dogwood shrubs do flower. Do they or don't they? I would appreciate any advice offered.
Golden ~ I just picked up a Cornus alba 'Elegantissima' to plant this spring, it has varieagated foliage and BRIGHT red stems. If you cut it back at least by one third, after the first year or two in the ground, I believe you would be cutting off the flowers and/or berries. Since that is how many people treat this otherwise large (8-10 H x W) shrub, in order to get the boldest stem color, which happens on new growth, that may be where the misconception comes from. Also, I believe Cherokee dogwoods are trees? A great choice either way. :0) Prairie
Does anyone had a dogwood tree??? Im in love with them.. Was wondering about light requirements... We have shade. The place I would like to place one get dappled shade almost all day. Thanks for any info. Ronna
Ronna, dogwoods realy do best in the environment you have. Just look at Mother Nature and see where they grow! I don't know about Michigan but around here in the dappled shade in the woods is where they grow wild and BEAUTIFUL this time of year.
I know we just took a walk the other day in some realy large woods and they were everywhere under large trees... Is there such a thing as a miniature dogwood??? If only I wouldve had a shovel with me the other day!!! LOL. ;) Ronna
Well we really do not have enough room in our small yard so I bought a really nice verigated red twig dog wood toady!!! I got it at Meijer for only 7.49. Of course they had larger ones but they also were a larger price tag. Im very happy with it!!! Now I have to cast a spell on it and make it grow fast!!! I also purchased a nice rhodedendron... (?) and a couple nice spierias... They tag said they were nice companion plants... So I had to buy all of them and they are for sun to part shade so hopefully the sun they get will be enough. Im excited. Ronna
Gardenlady, there is a dward white dogwood: cornus florida 'pygmaea'.
I have one in my yard. It bloomed for the first time this year.
It has typical white dogwood blooms.
It's 4-5 feet tall.
I see it offered in catalogs periodically.