Cornus Sanguinea (Native Dogwood)- This medium to large shrub, makes an excellent addition to a hedge, bringing year round colour and a strong aroma. The ovate leaves appear on the green/brown stems early in the growing season, sometimes as early as March. These are then followed by bunches of small white flowers, which turn into black fruits in the autumn. The fruits are very popular amongst birds, especially pheasants. Most commonly found in the prickly fringes of woods or in the un-forested areas within a wood, growing amongst other thorny species.
Fruits: The fruits are rounded and a purple-black colour. They are bitter to the taste.
Soil Types/Habitat: Prefers warm and sunny locations but will tolerate some shade. Thrives in damp conditions.