Plants of Merit: Oriental dogwood, Summer Fun

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:31pm
  • Life

WHAT: Summer Fun is visually outstanding Oriental dogwood with striking green and cream variegated leaves. Summer Fun produces beautiful white flowers in June, which is just a prelude to the colorful display created by the leaves later in the season.

They evolve into various hues of orange, pink and light coral. This tree is striking on many visual levels.

SUN OR SHADE: It prefers sun to partial shade and needs good drainage.

SIZE: The Cornus kousa is a slow-growing, small tree, it will achieve maturity in 10 years at 10 feet in height and 4 feet wide.

SEE IT: At the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; For more information see www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597.

Source: Sandra Schumacher; Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens Foundation.

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