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Crystal Bridges is open to the public, with timed tickets and walk-ups welcome as capacity allows. Learn more.
Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells
December 23, 2015
Varnadoe’s Phlox Pink Piedmont Azalaea
Varnadoe’s Phlox Pink Piedmont Azalaea
December 23, 2015
Venus Dogwood

Common Name: Venus Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus x ‘KN30-8’

Family: Cornaceae

Zone: 5-9

Height: 15-20’

Spread: 15-20’

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Description: Large white bracts encompass the tiny greenish-yellow flowers. The bracts are modified leaves and are often mistaken for flowers. The bracts serve as a flashy “landing strip” for bees that might overlook the insignificant flowers. The bracts are large, growing up to 6 to 8” in diameter! Blooms give way to strawberry-esque fruit in the summer. Venus Dogwood is a cultivar between Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nutallii) and Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa).

Trail/Garden Location: Planted along the Art Trail.

Garden Uses: Venus Dogwood makes a spectacular specimen tree. The tree is a great focal point when in full bloom. It likes moist, but well-drained soil in part sun to full sun conditions. This cultivar is more drought tolerant than other cultivars.

Wildlife Benefits: Used as a source of nectar.

Leaf Type: Glossy green leaves give way to fall colors of red, orange, and yellow.