Pic of the Day – Cornus stolonifera ‘Neil Z’ (Pucker Up)

This new selection of the US native redtwig dogwood makes a distinctive shrub in the landscape. Unlike typical Cornus stolonifera which fades into obscurity in summer, this form has highly glossy, thick textured, puckered leaves which scream for your attention in the landscape. White spring flowers followed by blue-black fruit, great burgundy fall color, and of course red winter stems make this a four season shrub. The very thick and glossy foliage captures light and reflects it back making it glisten in the garden but also make it resistant to lead spot. It grows about 4′ tall and I suited for average to wet soils.

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