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Mike's Blog - Day 95

A dogwood for you today near the ponds by the monkey puzzle.

There are a couple of types. The most common is the one that’s grown for its red stems in winter, but this one is one of the “flowering dogwoods”, Cornus kousa from China/Japan/Korea.

That’s a bit confusing thinking about it as all dogwoods flower. But these don’t have the coloured winter stems of the others and make larger shrubs whereas the winter stem ones are best pruned back in Spring every 2-4 years.

To add further to the confusion, the showy “flowers” on this flowering dogwood are not flowers, they are coloured bracts (modified leaves) which the flowering dog woods are grown for.

It develops a strange strawberry like fruit after flowering.

Ours is getting quite large now and you can walk under it, its trunk was looking good in the rain.