Cornus walteri (Walter Dogwood) is a species of dogwood tree, it is native to parts of East Asia, specifically China, Korea, and Japan. It is named after the American botanist Thomas Walter, who was known for his contributions to plant taxonomy.
Appearance: Walter Dogwood is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree that typically reaches a height of 20 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters). It has a spreading, rounded crown and a generally symmetrical form. The bark is smooth and grayish-brown in color.
Leaves: The leaves of Cornus walteri are simple, opposite, and elliptical in shape. They are typically dark green and have a glossy texture. In the fall, the foliage may turn shades of red or purple, adding to the tree's ornamental appeal.
Flowers: Walter Dogwood produces small, creamy-white flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. The flowers are arranged in flat-topped clusters known as cymes. While individually small, the clusters can create a visually striking display.
Fruits: Following the flowering period, Cornus walteri produces round, berry-like fruits that transition from green to a dark purplish-black color as they mature. These fruits are loved by birds and may persist on the tree into late summer or early fall.
Landscape Use: Walter Dogwood is often cultivated as an ornamental tree for its attractive flowers, foliage, and fruits. It can be used in gardens, parks, and other landscape settings to provide seasonal interest and as an understory tree.
Growing Conditions: Walter Dogwood thrives in well-drained soils and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to various soil types, including loam and sandy soils. It is generally hardy and can tolerate a range of climates.