Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'

 
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Family: Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)
Native Habitat: Of garden origin
   

Are you ready for something really different? 'Compressa' is a weird little shrub that you're either going to love or, well maybe not hate but perhaps could easily do without. We love it. We first noticed this fascinating plant at the Montreal Botanic Gardens and couldn't wait to plant it in our own gardens and get it into production in the nursery. The strange leaves just demand that you touch and feel them. Thick, stiff and kind of crinkly-wrinkly, you think "Are they plastic or are they real?". The form is strongly columnar. It will grow to 3 or 4 ft. tall and rarely exceeds one ft. wide.

If you're looking for a neat little specimen plant with really unique foliage and a strong columnar habit, 'Compressa' may be just the plant for you. If you consider yourself a "plant geek", you probably won't be able to resist.

Ornamental Characteristics: Thickened wrinkly foliage.
Habit & Growth Rate: Strong columnar habit. Slow growing to 3 or 4 ft. high and 1 ft. wide.
Landscape Uses: Specimen. Shrub border. Foundation planting.
Hardiness: Zone 4 to 7.
Culture: Average garden soil. Full sun to light shade.