Cornus or Dog Wood

Cornus is more commonly known as Dog Wood. They make great hedges which are easily grown. In the winter they have an added bonus of beautiful vibrant stem colours.

I look at the following types that we have grown into hedges at the Stackyard Nursery:

Cornus sanguinea or Common Dogwood is a medium to large deciduous shrub that can grow to 6 meters.

Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’ which is a medium sized shrub grown primarily for its winter stems. Clusters of white flowers in May and June and oval, dark green leaves, which redden in autumn and fall to reveal bright, yellow-olive winter stems. The stems of this dogwood look stunning planted alongside salmon-pink and red-stemmed varieties. An excellent specimen plant for sunny, moist areas of the garden.

Planting Colours

I enjoy the look of areas planted with gradations of colour in this are I have concentrated on yellow using the following plants:

Mahonia are evergreen shrubs native to eastern Asia, North and Central America.  There are approximately 70 different species.

I would also like to show you our Griselinia Littoralis and Euonymus shrubs which also make spectacular hedging plants.  

Forsythia Gold Tide has a varigated leaf, green with a yellow edge and Euonymus emerald ‘n’ gold.

Cytisus battandieri also called Pinapple Broom or Moroccan Broom has beautiful yellow flowers 

Snakebark Mapels

Snakebark Maples are easily distinguished by their distinctive bark which on younger trees consists of vertical stripes.  They originally come from Asia apart from one species which comes from eastern North America.


The Cercis Trees are characterised by their heart shaped leaves.  Cercis is derived from the Greek word Kerkis meaning weavers shuttle.

Cercis Alba – Judas Tree

The name Judas Tree is thought to have originated because the trees are commonly found in Judea and one may have been used by Judas Iscariot to hang himself.

Ceris Forest Pansy

Cercis Forset Pansy is mostly grown for its striking heart shaped leaves which turn from deep red-purple to shades of orange, bronze and a lighter shad of red-purple in the autumn.