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Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida 'Kay's Appalachian Mist'

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Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Kay's Appalachian Mist') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood flowers

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood flowers

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

Possibly the ultimate specimen tree, valued for its large yet delicate white blooms in spring and excellent wide-spreading form; requires rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate precipitation; very resistant to powdery mildew

Ornamental Features

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood features showy clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in mid spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It produces red berries from early to late fall. The warty gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Kay's Appalachian Mist Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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