Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief', Bordeaux botanic gardens, 19 October 2019
Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’, Bordeaux botanic gardens, 19 October 2019

Large deciduous shrub growing to 6m, with ovate, bronze leaves in summer, turning a striking reddish purple in autumn. Equally attractive are the flower heads, with their distinctive Cornus ruby-pink bracts in late spring.

H x S: 6m x 6m

Aspect and soil: Any soil except chalky, and best in neutral to acid, well-drained soil, in sun or part shade.

Use: good in small gardens, in contemporary designs but also fits well in classic borders underplanted with pink- and white-flowering perennials.

Care: a naturally well-branched shrub that requires no regular pruning other than removing dead, diseased or broken branches.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: —

Origin: Northeast North America

Hardiness: H5