University of Maryland Extension: Plant of the Week
Photo and text by Ellen Nibali
Indulge in a dogwood. Today’s Appalachian series of dogwoods is highly disease resistant. Heralds of autumn, dogwoods are the first to adopt plum, rose or salmon hues.
Plant your dogwood so you can enjoy seasonal interest up close. In fall red berries are lacquer-shiny and gobbled by birds.
When leaves drop, gray “flower buds” have already formed, like tiny flattened turbans, at twig tips.
Prized for its early spring flowers (technically bracts) that appear even before leaves, this beloved native tree is also one of the rare woody plants whose blooms appear in horizontal festoons.
Keep in mind that dogwoods are forest understory trees, preferring semi-shade and acid woodsy organic soils.
Mulch the root area and avoid baking sun.