Dogwoods (Cornus spp.) are plants as beautiful as they are slow in growth.
Native to North America, the various species of dogwoods are generally characterized by a very elegant posture enlarged to antlers, and by spectacular spring blooms of pink or white color.
What is so ornamental however, is not the flower, actually small and insignificant, but the bracts, or modified leaves that accompany the flower.
Magnificent specimens of Cornus can be admired in the gardens near the lakes of northern Italy, whose cool summers are ideal for these plants.