Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood
Botanical Name: Cornus x ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’
Alternate Botanical Name: Cornus nuttallii x florida
Dogwoods are beautiful and popular spring-blooming, deciduous trees. They are planted for their spring flowers and fall colors. The flowers of the dogwood emerge before the foliage, providing a stunning display.
Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii x florida) is an exemplar hybrid. It was developed in the 1950s as a cross between the Pacific Northwest dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, and the flowering dogwood, Cornus florida.
In early spring, Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood produces an abundance of huge, 4” wide, white blossoms with an attractive tinge of light green on some of the false petals.
The flowers are composed of 4 to 6 overlapping false petals. What look like petals on the dogwood flowers are actually bracts. These are modified leaves, often growing much smaller on other plant species.
Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ has an attractive, layered growth pattern that becomes pyramidal. The tree’s width is fairly narrow, not reaching more than 15’. It grows taller than many ornamental dogwoods, reaching around 25’ in height.
Minimal pruning is needed, and cuts should be made carefully so as to preserve the beautiful branching structure. This hybrid tree is resistant to diseases such as anthracnose.
Shape: Upright, Pyramidal to Oval
Flower Color: White with tinges of green
Flowering time: April-June
Fall Color: Rich red
Features: Spring flower display, summer red/orange berries and bright fall color
Exposure: Part Sun to Part Shade - morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Moist but well-drained soil, high in organic matter, acidic
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate (can grow up to 2’ per year)
USDA Zone: 5-9
Uses: Shade tree, specimen/accent tree, massed plantings, narrow areas, street tree
Similar trees: Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)