Dogwoods for 2014
Tennessee is the number one producer of dogwoods and here at Stanley’s we enthusiastically celebrate the dogwood by growing numerous varieties of this breathtaking tree (bush varieties too).
The native flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, is one of the most beautiful small trees in the world, with ornamental value in all seasons. Nearly all flowering dogwoods in the wild have white bracts, but a rare pink form does occur naturally. Another unique variety of dogwood is Cornus kousa, which flowers after the leaves appear, making it a late spring-time and summer bloomer.
Unfortunately dogwoods have been threatened by a disease called anthracnose and are extrelely succeptible to powdery mildew. The Univeristy of Tennessee Agriculture Research Team strives to protect these trees and have been developing patent varieties of dogwoods resistant to both anthracnose and powdery mildew and Cornus kousa trees resistant to drought and heat. We carry many of these disease resistant varieties at Stanley’s. Below is a list of all the dogwoods we are growing this spring with description of each one.
Click here for more information about dogwood disease research and resistant varieties: http://eppserver.ag.utk.edu/personnel/WindhamM/windhamm.htm