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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● DOG­WOOD THE bright stems of the dog­wood, or cor­nus, light up the win­ter gar­den with shades of yel­low, orange and red, pro­vid­ing a flaming bon­fire of win­ter colour.

Some are par­tic­u­larly vi­brant, in­clud­ing C. san­guinea ‘Mid­win­ter Fire’, whose bare stems are bright yel­low at the base and red at the tip.

In sum­mer, the fo­liage is green and the plant bears fra­grant white flow­ers fol­lowed by blue-black berries, and the leaves change to yel­low and orange in au­tumn.

Dog­woods grow well in open sit­u­a­tions in many con­di­tions and will flour­ish in damp soil, where other shrubs might fail.

Shrubby cor­nus grown for their win­ter stems should be cut back hard ev­ery one to three years in Fe­bru­ary or March.

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