One of our most frequent requests is for a compact, flowering yard tree that will be gorgeous and easy to grow. If you are looking for a unique yard tree that won't wander onto your neighbors side of the fence, Satomi is perfect for you. Satomi grows a perfectly rounded top that covers itself in small pink bracts in spring. The bracts gradually turn a darker pink until they are a deep shade. As they begin to fall in summer, the little tree will grow small red fruits. Indeed they are edible but we leave them for the birds. Satomi is the perfect small tree for interest and easy maintnenance.
Here is Satomi as it begins to turn pink for the summer:
And here we are after another month:
Next we have Mountain Moon, which is every bit as popular as Satomi, but for different reasons. Mountain Moon claims the largest dogwood flower (which is actually a bract) with the most drastic seasonal change. The bracts can be up to 6 inches across and they cover the tree completely!
After a good month of this show, the bracts begin to turn pink until July. As they start to fall, the large strawberry red fruits grow in and the birds will sweep in and gladly tidy up any mess. I do look forward to adding to the our stock of photos over the years as the trees continue to grow and delight us.
It is worth noting that Mountain Moon is evergreen and will hold thick, dark green foliage throughout the winter. I have seen it grown into a bush and used as a privacy screen. It was a stunning display but would require pruning to keep in line.
Porlock interests me because it's white bracts will gradually turn pink like Satomi, but it will go for the overall size of the Mountain Moon. We have a Porlock growing by our welcome sign at the garden. In the off season, it is a lovely semi-deciduous backdrop with a touch of fall color. It will grow quite large over time and be upwards of 20 feet tall! As the creamy bracts turn pink, it attracts a lot of attention before gently returning to the reliable, attractive background as other garden guests take their turn to perform.
******Fun Facts About Bracts*****
You may have noticed that when talking about dogwood flowers, I used the term bract. That is because a dogwood flower is not a flower at all! They are bracts. A bract is a variation of the plant's foliage that has a special function in plant reproduction. The bracts on the dogwood last much longer than your typical flower because it is similar in substance to the leaf of the tree. The bracts of a dogwood are beautiful, attracting pollinators from all around. They are also much tougher than flowers, putting on a dazzling show throughout the summer.
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