Dogwoods with Fall Color

Dogwoods with Fall Color
Dogwoods can be wonderful sources of colorful fall foliage. Here are profiles for some of those.

Kousa Dogwood

Kousa dogwood is an extremely attractive ornamental. It features beautiful peeling bark along with gorgeous horizontal branching. The leaves are smaller than that of the flowering dogwood.

In the fall, the large, attractive, red raspberry-like fruits, borne in clusters, ripen to red.

The leaves offer scarlet color in the fall. In June, the white blossoms emerge three weeks after the native flowering dogwood blooms and look similar. The flower bracts can have pink tinges.

The tree is 20 feet or so in height. It is hardy to zone 5.

Pacific Dogwood

Pacific dogwood is a native that is well suited to the Pacific Northwest and parts of California. It is unsuitable for the East. This is a pyramidal tree with horizontal branching. The plant is taller than the flowering dogwood.

The tree is unusual due to the fact that it can bloom twice. The first time is during April, and later again during the fall in August and September. The blossoms feature 6 bracts, which are initially white, fading to pink.

The orange to red fruits ripen in late summer and fall. The leaves turn a lovely yellow to scarlet in the fall.

Red Osier

Red osier is a seven foot tall shrub that is native to the East. Suckering freely, this vigorous fast growing dogwood is ideal for wet soils. Red osier can eventually create a dense thicket.

The plant brings good color to the landscape during winter when the bark turns red. The shoots are about 8 feet in length.

The small white blossoms emerge in late May, The berries ripen to white in the summer.

This species is recommended for banks and other erosion-prone sites because the plant spreads by stolons. A number of different varieties of red osier are available, including one with yellow bark.

Round leaf Dogwood

Round leaf dogwood is native to the Northeast. This shrub reaches nearly ten feet in height and is hardy to zone 3. It can be identified very easily by the rounded leaves.

During the fall, this turns a vivid red. The white blooms open in late May and form flat clusters. The blue berries ripen in early fall.

Siberian Dogwood

This dogwood is a variety of the Tatarian or red barked dogwood. This vigorous shrub is nearly ten feet tall. Hardy to zone 2, the plant features whitish-yellow blooms. These emerge in late May in clusters.

The leaves turn bright red in the fall. The twigs turn coral red for the winter. Siberian dogwood has the most colorful bark of all the dogwoods.

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