Cornus drummondii (KOR-nus druh-MUN-dee-eye)
Deciduous Sun or shade Height 15 feet Spread 15 feet Spacing 6 - 12 feet
HABIT: Small tree, blooms after leaves have formed in late spring with white flower clusters. White seed pods in late summer and purple fall color. Plant spreads easily by seeds and suckers but is not a problem. Stems are reddish and very decorative in winter.
CULTURE: Easy, any soil, drought tolerant. Very easy to grow.
USES: Background mass, understory tree, seeds for birds.
PROBLEMS: Few if any.
NOTES: Many have been cut down by people thinking they are weeds. This plant is graceful, tough, and should be used more. Native eastern USA to Texas.