Showy and refined, dogwoods take center stage in spring with copious white to pink blooms and elegant structure. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is the best known, but kousa dogwood (C. kousa) is generally more tolerant of stress and also more resistant to dogwood anthracnose and borers, both of which can be serious problems for C. florida. In addition to spring bloom, dogwoods exhibit stunning red and purple fall color. For best results, plant dogwoods in partial shade.
Height: 20-25 feet
Editor's pick: Cornus kousa 'Satomi' boasts striking, dark pink blooms, as well as purple autumn foliage.