Here is another beautiful dogwood cultivar. The ‘red cloud’ dogwood is known for its profusion of dark pink almost red blooms that pop out in early spring for a showy display. It is also smaller making it a wonderful understory tree or a perfect specimen tree to add in a garden. The ‘red cloud’ also offers year round interest. In the summer its crinkled dark green foliage that gives texture. In the fall the foliage is a beautiful scarlet red and the bright red berries that attract many birds are produced. In the winter, the smaller stature of the tree along with it low dense branching continues to give a unique focal point a garden.
|Bloom Color:||Red with pink|
|Fall Color:||Swirled brick red, purple, burgundy, orange, & yellow|
|Foliage Color:||Dark green|
|Genus & Species:||Cornus florida ‘Red Cloud’|
|Mature Height:||12 to 15 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||8 to 10 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable, but prefers well-drained, acidic soil, rich in organic matter|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun; Partial sun; Partial shade; Dappled light|
|Zone:||5 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Dogwoods - Cornus
With dogwoods care should be taken in selecting an appropriate planting site. The dogwood evolved in the border regions of forests, and as a result prefers soil that drains well, but holds moisture. Standing water or very wet soil will not allow enough oxygen to the roots, and can suffocate the plant. Amending your soil with compost in advance of planting and maintaining a 3-4 ft. ring of organic mulch through each season will greatly benefit your dogwood.
Dogwoods are adaptable to full sun, but a tree in full sun will be under more stress than one planted in partial sun, partial shade, or dappled light. If a tree is in full sun, special care should be taken to provide good soil conditions, remove competitive grass , and mulch in a 3-4 foot ring. Additional watering may be required for a dogwood in full sun and water should be applied slowly and deeply to the area surrounding the tree.