Dogwoods are widely planted horticulturally - and birds, including quail, feed on the red seeds.
Common name : Dogwood
Scientific name : Cornus spp.
Family : Cornaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Cornus is a genus of about 30–60 species of woody plants in the family Cornaceae, commonly known as dogwoods, which can generally be distinguished by their blossoms, berries, and distinctive bark. Most are deciduous trees or shrubs, but a few species are nearly herbaceous perennial subshrubs, and a few of the woody species are evergreen. Several species have small heads of inconspicuous flowers surrounded by an involucre of large, typically white petal-like bracts, while others have more open clusters of petal-bearing flowers.
These dogwoods have colorful stems during the winter, on which grow opposite, simple, whole leaves. The flowering is in corymbs of small white flowers.
Plant my dogwood
Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.
Mulch my dogwood
Mulch in November each year with deciduous wood chips to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit the need for weeding.
Water my dogwood
The first month, water twice a week.
Prune my dogwood
In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.