Popular for an autumn and winter display of fiery colour, Dogwood is a deciduous, woody shrub, ideal for informal gardening. Browse the wide range of Best4Hedging's autumn colour hedge plants.
Cornus is derived from the Latin for horn due to its dense properties. The popular variety Cornus Siberica was first introduced to England in 1741 from Siberia. Interestingly, Sanguinea (the orange variety) comes from the Latin for 'blood red' in relation to the stem colour.
There are between 30-60 species of Cornus, or the commonly known Dogwood. It is thought that the phrase 'dog-tree' was first recorded in the English vocabulary in 1548 followed by dogwood in 1614. A secondary name 'Hound's tree' was then used which gave its name to the fruits, dogberries and houndberries.
The Cornus genus has an interesting history and has been cultivated in many different ways over time. The wood is dense and finely grained and it is highly regarded for making loom shuttles and other small items that call for a strong, hard wood.
Dogwood has also been used as a substitute in the heads of certain golf clubs and was used when making the first kinds of laminated tennis rackets.
Oddly, dogwoods branches were used by pioneers for brushing their teeth by peeling off the bark, biting the twig and scrubbing their teeth.
In the Victorian Era, male suitors would give cornus flowers to unmarried women to signify affection. If the women returned the flowers that meant they were not interested but if they kept the flowers it showed a mutual affection.
The most important thing to remember when looking after your Dogwood plants is to stool the plants in Spring. This means cutting them back to about 5-10cm above soil level. This will ensure the most vibrant stem colour in your chosen Cornus variety.