In the Garden
The Japanese Dogwood is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 10m. It takes a picturesque; multistemmed form with low branches and an oval to round habit. Clusters of short stalked yellow flowers with drooping bracts appear on the naked stems early spring. The overall effect is spectacular. 1.5cm shiny edible red fruit form in clusters in autumn. The leaves of the tree turn a beautiful purple colour in late autumn.
It is frost tolerant and will grow in a variety of soils including clay soils, alkaline soils and acidic soils and will thrive in full sun or partial shade with relatively minimal care.