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Cornus Nuttallii Monarch, a striking variety of the cultivar also known as Pacific Dogwood or Mountain Dogwood, is an attractive small tree. With its upright habit and good autumn colour, it is ideally suited for a specimen tree in smaller gardens.
Growing in a broad, conical habit, this cultivar’s multiple tiered branches start out green, turning to reddish brown as they mature. The foliage also unfolds as green, but turns to orange and red in the autumn. A striking cultivar throughout the seasons, the Monarch variety of Pacific Dogwood is at its best in the spring, when the first blossoms appear. Large and star-shaped, the showy white bracts that protect the inconspicuous flowers can be up to 10 centimetres in size. The 7-petaled bracts are usually pure white but can appear tinged with pink in some specimens. The flowers are followed by highly decorative orange-red fruits in the autumn.
Cornus Nuttallii Monarch is easy to grow and care for. This small tree will thrive in any well-drained soil, in full sun and partial shade. For best results with growing this cultivar, plant it in a sheltered spot with dappled shade, and rich, slightly acidic soil. Native to the West Coast of North America, Pacific Dogwood is fully hardy in the United Kingdom. Although the cold and low winter temperatures don’t bother this robust tree, it should be sheltered from strong, drying winds. Low-maintenance, Cornus Nuttallii Monarch doesn’t require routine pruning to stay in great shape. Just remove any damaged or congested shoots, ideally after the flowering season, to ensure your plant is growing healthy and strong. Even though its upright habit makes Monarch an ornamental tree rather than a shrub, this cultivar stays compact as it matures. Its ultimate height can be circa 6 to 8 meters.
One of the rarest and showiest varieties of Mountain Dogwood, Cornus Nuttallii Monarch is perfectly suited for a specimen tree in small gardens, mass planting, or mixed borders. For a year-round display of vivid colours, pair it with different dogwood varieties in a shrub border or informal hedge. As it thrives in partial shade, Monarch can be also grown under larger trees in your garden.