According to Chris Brickell in his Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Cornus is grown for its ‘showy bracts, elegant habit, fruits and colourful autumn leaves’ but at this time of year it is the glowing winter shoots which light up our gardens.  As these photographs taken at Wisley (it’s closer than Rosemoor) show, with the low winter sun shining through the stems they make a stunning show. 

There are Collections of Cornus in Devon, (RHS Rosemoor), Yorkshire (Newby Hall), Hampshire (Sir Harold Hillier Gardens) and Surrey (Secretts Garden Centre).  The Surrey collection is of Cornus florida cvs.

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