But I do grow Cornus stolonifera
, in particular the dogwood variety Flaviramea, its greenish-yellow bark a perfect companion and contrast in winter to the red-stemmed Cornus alba.
Cornus alba will tolerate wet or dry conditions but if you've got really wet ground, the North American species Cornus stolonifera
revels in damp conditions.
There's a yellow-stemmed variety too, Cornus stolonifera
flaviramea, and the two of them look great together.
It, too, has dark red stems except in two versions: the new stems of Cornus stolonifera
'Flaviramea' and 'White Gold' are bright yellow-green.
"Flaviramea" has young shoots of greeny-yellow which light up a dull area like sunshine.
Plenty of common shrubs, including: Aucuba japonica, Buddleia, Buxus, Cornus alba, Cornus stolonifera
, Forsythia, Philadelphus, privet, currants, roses, willows, tamarisk, deciduous viburnum and weigela.
`Flaviramea' - not a tall plant (2m) but has a wide spread of about 4m so keep it under control if you don't want it to take over.
Two California native dogwoods can be grown in our area: Cornus nuttallii and Cornus stolonifera
("Flaviramea') is the yellow-stemmed dogwood.
For yellow stems, choose Cornus stolonifera
Flaviramea, for bright red, Cornus alba Sibirica, for black, Cornus alba Kesselrigii and for those that resemble flickering flames Cornus sanginea Winter Beauty.