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What is a Shrub, and why to consider the Dogwood Shrub in particular?

Dogwood Shrub

Shrubs are highly varied and versatile and form an essential component of any garden or planting scheme with the Dogwood in particular a great shrub to consider.

To be precise, the Oxford definition of a shrub is as below:

'a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground'

Most species of shrub are broadleaves with a couple of exceptions such as Juniper, so picking a shrub that provides interest throughout the year is key. The Dogwoods, Cornus alba and Cornus sanguinea, both available at buy-trees-online provide your garden or planting scheme with structure, form, shape and color with flowers, fruit, berries, attractive bark and vibrant foliage.

Dogwood's Contribution To Wildlife

The Cornus sanguinea spreads by seeds and stolans and will grow in most conditions although prefers sunny locations with light alkaline, moist soils, being especially abundant alongside riversides. The Shrub provides a significant contribution to wildlife, with the shrub providing for several types of moth, also popular for birds, making it a popular pest control which draws birds away from their crops.

Ornamental Planting

As well as being of great ecological importance the Dogwood is a great example of ornamental planting. The colour of the Dogwood can be the showpiece of any garden during the winter months, dispelling any winter gloom with the Cornus alba giving a rich red intensity and the Cornus sanguinea giving bright yellow stems tinged with red, said to resemble flames. The warm glow of the Dogwood can look great in a winter garden alongside other winter specialists, the Black Dragon Grass, Paperback Maple, Tibetan Chery and Silver Birch to name a few.


To encourage the Dogwood's colourful stems throughout the winter months the shrub should be cut back. As with most attractive barks they respond well to vigorous pruning, throwing up young fresh growth in the spring or summer, with pruning required every early spring to ensure a dazzling yearly winter display. Cutting the Dogwood's stems back to a hard stool, a few inches above the ground, promotes thicket thick stems. The new growth on the Dogwood shrub will sufficiently harden in the spring to have a polished outer skin, young enough to shine, which is why pruning must be made each year, with dullness occurring after a year or two.

26 June 2015 at 09:30 / Comment

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