C. alba 'Argenteo-marginata'
C. alba 'Sibirica'
C. sericea, also called C. stolonifera
C. sericea 'Flaviramea'
|The Asiatic dogwoods are prominent in Japanese
gardens. Planted near the house as a specimen, the bushy Kousa dogwood bears flowers on
the upper side of its branches. The Japanese cornelian cherry is frequently situated in
garden corners where its blossoms are the first sign of spring. Both deciduous trees can
be located near the base of a hill, where their spreading branches, pruned to accentuate
their arching shape, will follow the line of the hillside; or they can be placed against
dark backgrounds in order to intensify their pale flowers.
The Kousa dogwood is native to both Korea and Japan. It reaches a maximum height of 15 to 20 feet and spreads 8 to 10 feet wide. Great quantities of snowy-white flowers, 3 to 4 inches across, cover its horizontal branches in early summer, about a month later than native American dog-woods bloom. The bark of the tree peels in oddly shaped patches, disclosing paler bark beneath. Its leaves, which unfold before the flowers, are pointed ovals, 4 inches long, that turn scarlet in fall. In autumn, the Kousa dogwood bears red, strawberry-like fruit.
The Japanese cornelian cherry is a dense shrubby tree that grows slowly when young, but the rate increases with time, and the tree eventually reaches a height of 15 to 25 feet. Clusters of 3/4-inch yellow flowers blossom at the tips of branches in early spring, before the oval 3-inch leaves appear. Oval red fruits, resembling cherries, ripen in summer.
HOW TO GROW. Both the Kousa dogwood and the