The Dogwood is one of the most attractive of our ornamental deciduous shrubs, delighting in semi-shaded moist places protected from winds, and thriving best in light rich soil. One of our native species, Cornus Nuttallii, is the finest of the genus, growing in favorable situations to a height of from sixty to eighty feet, pyramidal in habit, and, in early May when entirely covered with its great white bracts, is the most conspicuous and attractive object in the mountains and foothills. In the Fall, when laden with its orange-colored fruit, it gives good effects in the shrubbery. All of the species are very desirable, especially Cornus sanguinea and Cornus florida, these making good undergrowth even in the darkest shade.
Propagate by cuttings placed in sandy soil in a shaded protected border out of doors after the leaves fall in Autumn. They may also be increased by division of the roots in Winter or early Spring, by seeds sown in Spring and by layering in June. Cover the seeds to the depth of one-eighth of an inch.