Appropriate Zone For Planting A Dogwood Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Winnetka, CA
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Question by ChsirKat
May 4, 2002
I would like to plant a Dogwood tree in my backyard. I live in an area that is probably closer to a Zone 9 than a Zone 8 when it comes to heat. Would it be appropriate to plant a Dogwood? If so, what variety would be best? Thank you very much. Ruth Hindman

Answer from NGA
May 4, 2002
Because of your gardening region, you'll have best success with Cornus alba, the Tatarian Dogwood. It's a deciduous, multitrunked tree, growing to about 10'. In spring it produces small, fragrant, creamy white flowers in 1-2" flattish clusters. As a bonus, the green foliage turns reddish in the fall. 'Siberica' is smaller and not as wide, growing only 7' tall, but developing coral red branches for winter interest.

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