The 2011 Showstopper Plants have been selected by The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association and North Carolina and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Each year, North Carolina nurserymen nominate Showstopper Plants and five are selected by North Carolina Cooperative Extension horticulture experts.
These featured plants are promising new cultivars, able thrive in North Carolina gardens.
Zones: 5 – 8 Size: 20 tall by 20 wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well drained, moist conditions
Whether gracing your entrance, lining your border, or used as a focal point, adding the Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, will add glamour and value to your landscape.
The Kousa dogwood is a small statued tree with four seasons of interest. This Chinese dogwood blooms in May, nearly a month after our native dogwood, and has long lasting, showy flowers, often blooming into June.
Green, globular, edible fruits turn pink during the summer, then slowly turning a red in September. When ripe, the fruit is readily eaten by birds. In the winter, this vase shaped tree’s beautiful bark becomes mottled adding interest to the landscape.
The Cornus kousa is an ideal alternative, or addition, to the native dogwood, Cornus florida. With no disease or pest problems, and tolerant of alkaline soil, The Kousa dogwood makes an outstanding specimen to residential landscapes.
Do you grow Cornus Kousa in your North Carolina garden? Photo credit, courtesy of the JC Raulstons Arboretum
2011 Showstopper Plant winners:
By: Helen YoestThe TarHeelGardening blog is published and edited by Helen Yoest. For more information on Tarheel Gardening, please visit our website at Tarheel Gardening – your online resource for North Carolina gardening enthusiasts. Sponsored by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association