Ravishing Ivory Blooms
As gorgeous as its namesake, Venus® covers itself from head to toe in perfect 4-petaled blooms of pure snow white. Because of its gorgeous display, this showy Dogwood has won several awards, including "Most Successful New Plant" at PLANTARIUM 2007 and "Best Novelty of the Year" at IPM 2008.
One look at a Venus® in full bloom will show you what the fuss is all about. The spring- to early summer-blooms are exquisitely formed, with perfect round edges and just a bit of ruffling. The exceptionally large (over 6 inches across!) white blooms absolutely blanket the tree with their snow-white faces. Venus® is extremely floriferous, producing compact, dense heads of floral bracts. These blooms are long-lasting, as well, holding on for 3 weeks or more!
Venus® has a relatively compact habit, growing slowly to a mature height and width of 15 to 20 feet. The top baloons out, growing just slightly wider than it is tall. The foliage is thickly branched and covered in glossy green foliage that turns red in the fall. It even produces a strawberry-like ornamental fruit through the fall months.
This cross between the Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) and Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa) is healthier and more robust than either parent. Venus® exhibits excellent pest and disease resistance: no insect or disease problems have been observed during the plant's field testing, and in particular it displayed a resistance to powdery mildew and anthracnose.
Venus® can be grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils and will benefit from a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch, which helps keep the roots cool and moist in summer. This healthy Dogwood has a reputation for good tolerance of drought conditions, and will grow very vigorously under the right conditions.
This plant exhibits great cold hardiness in zone 6, with no winter die-back. Zones 5-9. Give it full sun in the North and part-shade in the South.
|Species||kousa x C. nutallii|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Early Summer|
|Plant Height||15 ft - 20 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Award Winner, Berries, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer, Seedless/Sterile|
|Bloom Color||Light White|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green, Olive Green, Pink, Rose|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Anthracnose, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.