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Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Cornus capitata

Evergreen Dogwood
Cornaceae
Evergreen, Trees, Semi-evergreen

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All dogwoods offer attractive foliage and blossoms; some have spectacular fruit or winter bark. Leaves of many types turn brilliant colors in fall. What appear to be flower petals in many dogwoods are actually bracts—petal-like modified leaves. These surround the inconspicuous true flowers.

Cornus capitata (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)
Cornus capitata (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

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Cornus capitata

Himalayan native hardy to 15°F/–9°C. Not reliably evergreen; may drop all its leaves in cold weather, and often loses half of them in mild winters. Grows to 20–30 ft. tall and wide, with 2–4-in.-long, gray-green leaves; some turn red or purplish in fall.

Unless grown from cuttings; the trees don't flower until 8 to 10 years old, but when they do bloom, they are delightful. Small springtime clusters of flowers are surrounded by four to six 1 1/2-in.–2-in. creamy to pale yellow bracts. Large (1-in.), showy, strawberrylike crimson fruit in fall can be a litter problem, though birds may do some of the cleanup for you.

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