Cornus florida ‘Rubra’

 

One of Peta’s favourite trees is the Cornus florida rubra which puts on a spectacular floral performance at this time of year (although what appear to be four flower petals are actually bracts—modified leaf structures).

 

This stunning feature tree (5m x 5m at maturity) offers something unique with each season. For about two to four weeks in spring, the tree is covered in a profusion of rosy red flowers, well before the leaves arrive, so their beauty can be readily appreciated. After the leaves arrive in summer the next feature to anticipate is the autumn foliage colour which is a vivid reddish-bronze to purple. In winter their horizontal branching scheme gains prominence once the leaves fall exposing a beautifully sculptural trunk, perfect for uplighting.