Highlighting Three Exceptional Dogwood Trees

Jeana Cadby
April 7, 2020

A dazzling display of vibrant foliage, robust spring color and dynamic form are just a few of the features that make Dogwood trees exceptional for landscaping.

The boundless diversity within the Cornus or dogwood genus offers a range of wonderful and adaptable specimens to choose from. Beautiful ornamental flowers typically emerge in early to late spring as tiny clusters robed in opulent and colorful bracts. These vibrantly colored modified leaves resembling delicate flower petals can offer spectacular spring color. Fall color provides year -round interest, followed by exposing a unique branching pattern throughout the winter months.

The Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood

Elegant and large white blooms appear in the spring, nodding with the passing breeze. Resting upon a bed of wavy leaves, white curls of flowery bracts are eye-catching and beautiful. The striking variegated foliage of the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood adds a distinctive texture to the landscape. Leaves are uniquely colored in the fall, bushing pink and red, highlighted with an ivory fringe.

Unique variegated leaves on the Wolfs Eyes Japanese Dogwood
Unique variegated leaves on the Wolfs Eyes Japanese Dogwood

The dynamic form of the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood is most captivating in the winter, after leaves have dropped. Layered branches are intricately detailed with textured bark for added interest. Plant this small dogwood tree as a specimen tree or in compact spaces to add a flurry of color and excitement to the landscape.

This compact landscaping tree is a wonderfully colorful specimen with a spreading form and multiple branches. Find this stunning and variegated dogwood tree growing in zone 5-8, reaching a maximum height of 15 ft tall and 15 ft spread.

The Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes' Japanese Dogwood Tree will have you twirling with delight. Find out more about the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Tree.

The Stellar Pink Dogwood

Soft and light pink blooms absolutely capture the scene, gracefully layered upon glossy, verdant foliage. The Stellar Pink Dogwood is a springtime delight, with abundant floral shows and lush oval leaves.

This hardy hybrid tree grows vigorously, and is best planted as a specimen or in small to medium spaces in the landscape. Dense and upright to slightly spreading branches form a lovely pyramid to vase shape as the tree matures. Red fall color is also stunning, and healthy leaves add an autumn glow to the landscape.

Beautiful flowers on the Stellar Pink that emerge after leaves have pushed.
Beautiful flowers on the Stellar Pink that emerge after leaves have pushed.

This hardy and colorful Stellar Pink Dogwood Tree grows in zone 5-8, with a maximum height of 25 ft tall and 20 ft spread. While some dogwood trees may experience susceptibility to disease, the sturdy Stellar Pink Dogwood shows resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew.

Many dogwood trees are known for their superior hardiness, and will thrive with adequate watering in well-drained soil conditions. Sufficient air circulation can also help prevent disease and can be achieved by pruning dogwood trees in the late fall or early winter, when dormant.

A medium sized specimen tree with upright and slightly spreading branching, the Stellar Pink Dogwood Tree (Cornus x 'Rutgan' PP #7,207) is a flurry of pink charisma. Find out more about the Stellar Pink Dogwood Tree.

The Cherokee Brave Dogwood

Early spring blooms are absolutely spectacular, with pink bracts spilling out like ribbons. These displays are striking against the textured and dark bark found on bare branches.

Large, billowing bracts swirl around a cute and dainty floral cluster, curving outwardly from the center of the bloom. Creamy white color stretches out to reach the tips before transitioning to pink. Pointed tipped bracts furl delicately upwards, as if to reach for the sky.

Cherokee Brave Flowers
Cherokee Brave Flowers.

This flowering dogwood tree is native to North America, and can tolerate drought better than most other dogwood trees. Growing in zone 5-9, to a maximum height of 25 ft tall and 20 ft spread. Burgundy foliage emerges in the spring, turning to a forest green throughout the summer months.

Maroon fall color is also a treat, as delicately droopy oval leaves indicate the coming of winter.

Horizontal growth gives this hardy landscaping specimen winter appeal, sporting a wispy and attractive branching pattern. Plant this colorful dogwood tree as an accent or shade tree, to brighten up the landscape, pretty in pink.

With eye-catching seasonal blooms and wonderfully sweet fall color, the Cherokee Brave Dogwood (Cornus florida) is pretty in pink. Read more about the Cherokee Brave Dogwood Tree.


Beautiful spring blooms with fresh summer foliage and inspiring fall color, embrace the diversity of Dogwoods this spring.

We would love to know what your favorite kind of dogwood tree is in the comments!

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