In previous years, as in the photo above from 2009, Dogwoods and Azaleas bloomed at the same time. Azaleas are late this year.
The fruit of the dogwood is a shiny red drupe. As they begin to fall, I gather the seeds and literally scatter them, at woods edge. In the garden, I push them into the soil about 3/4." Some sources recommend stratifying the seed.
Some of the Dogwoods in my garden were bird planted,
as was the one blooming above next to Loropetalum.
The small one in the foreground is a seedling I moved.
Mature trees have squared pebbled bark.
Dogwoods are frequently multi-trunked.
Leaves are opposite, simple, with prominent veins.
Royal Standard Hostas grown under Dogwoods
echo the leaf vein pattern and color.
The Dogwood in left foreground is about 4 years old and is 6 feet tall, has not yet bloomed.
Behind it on the left is a 50 year old tree. A second one is out of sight behind an oak and a red cedar.
There are more than 20 Dogwoods in my garden, from the ancient tall ones to 12" seedlings.
A Dogwood planted by a bird grew up with a
Philadelphus. The Mock Orange prolongs the
season of white blooms by 3 weeks.
A pair of young Dogwoods planted with Spirea Bumalda flank the
entrance to the Oval Lawn in the Upper Garden.