Cornus Angustata...Yes, and I believe may be the one banned during World War II!
Good picks btw.....at least one of the Asian Dogwoods was banned or either could no longer be imported at the time during WWII. Thanks for bringing these Asian Dogwoods up, because it made me realize I made a mistake about one of them...
A while ago Jeff came up by here and we went to visit not only the State Champion but the NATIONAL Champion Alternate Leaved Dogwood very close to where I live in Madison, NJ. We found it and is in a residential yard. When I looked it up, I must have looked up the wrong scientific name, probably because they both start with an "a", and the name for Angustata probably even popped up first.
Oh well, my bad. Lol... Of course now when I go look up about the Asian Dogwood and being banned and such I can't find it!
But it was because imports from there, or Japan anyway I'd assume, were stopped they became much harder to come by, and is why it is rare to find older, larger specimens of them. Eventually they must have become more available again, and perhaps the seeds not as difficult to acquire...So I think this would refer to the original Angustatas, but if not would otherwise had to have been one of the other Dogwoods coming from Japan.
Here is the pic (2 pics) of the National Champ Alternate Leaved Dogwood.
So while this one is certainly native, I swear though the lady at the house said some Winters it stays green?? Well I never got around to swing by the house again, but now that Winter's about half over and we had a Low of 6F, I'll do a discreet and quick drive-by just to be sure if it retained any of its leaves or not.
Oh and they say these get to 20-25 ft, but this National Champ is 27 ft. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/community/images/2-alt-dogwoodx2.jpg
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