This week, the Plant of the Week is Dogwood!
Ideal Growing Zone: 5 to 9
Plant Description: 15 to 30 feet tall, spreads 15 to 30 feet, blooms from April to May, showy flowers
Growing Conditions: Grows best in full sun to part, tolerates shade, deer, clay soil, black walnut, some maintenance is required
Uses: Popular as a specimen or small grouping on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. Also effective in woodland, bird or native plant gardens.
Plant Care: Bright red fruits are bitter and inedible to humans (some authors say poisonous) but are loved by birds. Fruits mature in late summer to early fall and may persist until late in the year.
Pests and Disease: Flowering dogwood, when stressed, is susceptible to a rather large number of disease problems, the most serious of which is dogwood anthracnose. Although this anthracnose is not yet a serious problem in Missouri, it has caused considerable devastation in parts of the eastern U.S. Plants are also susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf and twig blight. Stressed trees also become vulnerable to borers. Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests.
If you want to know more about this plant, have a plant you want to be featured next week, or have any questions in general, please contact us!
According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.