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Keywords: fastigiate trees and shrubs, Cornus kousa, Trees in cities

Can you recommend some narrow or fastigiate trees for the space between our house and the house next door? The space is about 14 feet wide. Will Cornus kousa 'National' work?


From what the experts say, Cornus kousa grows 20-30 feet high and wide in cultivation. They can grow to twice that size in the wild.

I found this and other information that might help you in the sources below:
1. Trees and Shrubs for Pacific Northwest Gardens, by J. Grant, 1990, p. 71
2. Trees & Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles, by W.J. Bean, 1976, p. 703
3. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by M. Dirr, 1998, p. 260
4. North American Landscape Trees, by A. Lee Jacobson, 1996, pp. xiii, 144

The Seattle City Arborist's Office recommends the following narrow trees:
1. Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - 15 ft. high, 10 ft. wide. White flowers, evergreen.
2. Malus 'Adirondack' - 18 ft. high, 10 ft. wide. White flowers, red fruit, excellent scab resistance.
3. Malus 'Red Barron' - 18 ft. high, 8 ft. wide. Red flowers, red fruit, yellow fall color.
4. Malus 'Golden Raindrops' - 18 ft. high, 13 ft. wide. White flowers, yellow fall color, abundant yellow fruit.
5. Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa' - 20 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide. Pale pink double flowers, bronze fall color.

Here are additional sources:

Date 2017-01-04
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Plant Answer Line Question

Keywords: Cornus kousa, Cornus florida, Powdery mildew diseases, Trees--Diseases and pests

Where can I find information about dogwood hybrids, especially crosses between Cornus kousa and C. florida? Won't these trees be more resistant to the mildew affecting many dogwoods?


In addition to powdery mildew, many dogwoods can suffer with anthracnose. In his book Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (Timber Press, 1997), Michael Dirr mentions Rutgers Hybrids (which are a cross of the kousa and florida species of Cornus). These trees were developed at Rutgers University by Elwin Orton, and are resistant to dogwood anthracnose. Here is an article about these cultivars, written by Orton. This article from North Carolina State University Extension discusses powdery mildew resistance. Scroll to the second table at the end which charts cultivars and their resistance or susceptibility to powdery mildew.

Oregon State University provides information about each of the six hybrids of C. florida x C. kousa. Two of the trees on this list are resistant to powdery mildew.

Clemson University Extension offers further information about the insects and diseases affecting dogwoods.

Date 2017-02-25
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