Gardening: Red-fruit dogwood for winter cheer
Although it might seem strange that one of the finest garden trees, the Chinese dogwood, is rarely seen for sale in garden centres, there is a good reason. Few plants look so miserable, and so uninviting, in a pot on a sales bench. It makes a gangly little plant with a few scattered leaves, usually single-stemmed. Yet, from such unpromising beginnings can develop a small garden tree of great beauty.