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Shady Gardens: Dogwood Shrubs (flowering)

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Goldengirl
Interlochen, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 26, 2001
6:17 PM

Post #7240

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.
Dicentra
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2001
3:24 AM

Post #91786

Red twig Dogwood shrub flowers beautifully and it has those winter reddish stems to show off!
Trish

crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2001
2:37 AM

Post #94550

I just got the waysides fall catalog and there are dogwood flowering SHRUBS listed so they(the nursery) were wrong and you were right.
Goldengirl
Interlochen, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2001
6:41 PM

Post #95236

--Thanks for your input. Much appreciated!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 19, 2001
12:29 PM

Post #96525

My red twig dogwood has its first flowers now; it was 2' tall when I got it last year. However, mine is in a spot that gets lots of sun, until maybe 2 pm.
PrairieGirlZ5
Thornton, IL

April 30, 2007
11:35 PM

Post #3449519

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

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2008
12:39 AM

Post #4916476

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

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2008
1:39 AM

Post #4916778

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.

Doug

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2008
12:41 PM

Post #4918323

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

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2008
9:16 PM

Post #4920612

No miniatures that I know of but they are quite slow growing. My Mom has some in her yard from 45 years ago and they are only about 20-25 feet tall.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2008
12:58 PM

Post #4923244

So maybe not a bad idea to look into them??? So beautiful...I was kinda surprised when there wasnt any scent. Ronna

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2008
1:56 PM

Post #4923484

They are beautiful in the Spring, and in the Fall they get those red berries on them that are quite lovely too. I would have to consider them in my top 3 favorite trees.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2008
12:39 AM

Post #4930742

The other day when I was walking the dog I seen the most beautiful one all in blossom... And the perfect shape I love the limbs on those trees, so graceful!!
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2008
11:34 AM

Post #4958813

I have a Pagoda Dogwood that does just fine in the shade. It gets a little early morning sun that's all. The white flowers really brighten up a shady area. It's one of my favorites too.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4959262

I have one white Dogwood that I mistakenly put between aspruce and a pine and it is squeezed into but I let it grow. It gets about 2 hours of sun a day and the rest shade. BEV

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gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2008
10:36 PM

Post #4961567

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

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2008
11:12 AM

Post #4963649

Sounds nice Ronna. Show some pics when you get them growing in the garden!

Doug
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2008
1:15 PM

Post #4968108

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.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4975632

thanks for the info weerobin... I may have to look them up!!They ar georgeous...Ronna

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