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The Flowering dogwood is one of North America’s most elegant and popular ornamental trees. It has season after season of interest and its moderate size makes it adaptable to most any garden. In spring it has spectacular bloom, in summer it provides a light shade that is easy to garden under, in autun a patchwork of color and in winter bright red berries. But in more recent years these polished trees have been plagued by an anthracnose and mildew. In response to that Rutgers University, USA, has developed a new type of hybridized dogwood that has improved on the health of the species and even enhanced its already considerable ornamental characteristics. And one of the best of this group is the Venus dogwood, or Cornus kousa x nuttallii ‘Venus’. Venus dogwood has superior resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew and in spring is smothered in 6 inch, pristine white blooms, which are considerably larger than the usual. The summer foliage is a handsome dark green while autumn turns it a rich red and finally the pretty cherry-red fruits which hang so prettily. In addition to all of that, Venus dogwood is fast growing with a full, low-branching habit.

The beauty of Venus dogwood qualifies it for a place of distinction in any garden. Just make sure it is well-drained and gets at least some sun. It will eventually reach 25 feet in height with a similar spread. It is hardy in southern Canada and most of the US, almost to the Gulf Coast. It is also fully hardy across the UK, New Zealand and temperate parts of Australia.

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