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In nature, many tree and shrub seeds have a natural dormancy to help them survive. This dormancy allows seeds to survive hostile conditions and only germinate in favourable conditions, such as the warmth of spring, or after a rainy season. As gardeners, we can supply seeds with favourable conditions all year round, so sometimes we need to artificially break dormancy for seed to germinate. Native to North China, Korea and Japan. It is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 6-10' tall and may spread over time to as much as 12' wide. Branching is somewhat coarse, and branches on mature shrubs tend to arch toward the ground. Funnel-shaped, rose pink flowers (each to 1.25" long) bloom profusely in spring, with a sparse and scattered repeat bloom often occurring in mid to late summer. Elliptic to obovate, medium green leaves to 4.5" long with serrate margins retain good color throughout the growing season. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. For zones 4-8.
In spring, this delightful, woody, low ground-cover shrub has sprays of attractive, pink-tipped white flowers which eventually produce red berries. Growing up to 30 cm high, it has small, evergreen, shiny, thick leaves which remain for up to 3 years before falling, and are alternately arranged on the stems which turn red if the plant is in full sun. It is circumpolar, being widespread in northern latitudes, but is usually confined to high altitudes further south. ... Learn MoreA shrub is distinguished from a tree by its multiple stems and shorter height, usually under 6 m (20 ft) tall. Plants of many species may grow either into shrubs or trees, depending on their growing conditions. Small, low shrubs, generally less than 2 m tall, such as lavender, periwinkle and most small garden varieties of roses, are often termed subshrubs or bushes.
An area of cultivated shrubs in a park or garden is known as a shrubbery. When clipped as topiary, suitable species or varieties of shrubs develop dense foliage and many small leafy branches growing close together. Many shrubs respond well to renewal pruning, in which hard cutting back to a 'stool' results in long new stems known as "canes". Other shrubs respond better to selective pruning to reveal their structure and character.A unique dogwood with yellow flowers. Cornus officinalis, commonly called Japanese cornel dogwood, is native to China, Japan and Korea. It usually grows as a large, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub to 15-25 feet tall. It also may be grown as a small tree. It is very similar to Cornus mas, except it grows with a slightly more open habit, flowers one week earlier, has more attractive bark and often has brown hair tufts in the vein axils on the leaf undersides. Dark green leaves to 4 to 5 inches long. Variable fall color ranges from pale yellow to attractive reddish-purple. Yellow flowers appear in late winter to very early spring before the leaves in 3/4" wide clusters. Flowers are followed in fall by oblong edible red fruits that birds love. Exfoliating bark has tones of gray and brown. (Source: www.seedman.com)