It’s a tale of 2 trees…
Across the continent, Eastern Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) is native to the southernmost tip of Ontario.
Both species often suffer from anthracnose fungus that disfigures leaves & causes twig & branch dieback. Ontario’s native dogwood is considered ‘at risk.’
The answer? A genuinely Canadian fix: combine them.
Enter H.M. Eddie (Henry Matheson Eddie). A nurseryman in BC’s Fraser Valley who got a kick out of creating new varieties of any number of plants. His 1945 success, ‘Eddie’s White Wonder,’ is the combo of the Pacific & the Eastern dogwoods.
Eddie’s dogwood is pretty much disease-free! Beyond that,
- pollinators love the spring flowers.
- Birds gorge on the berry clusters.
- Deer leave the tree alone (except the occasional buck needing to scratch his antlers – so trunk protection is needed.)
- And fall leaf colour is another spectacle.
It’s been such a triumphant landscape success that Eddie’s White Wonder was honoured as Vancouver’s Centennial tree...
and as one of my favourite trees to find blooming during our morning walks each April 🙂