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Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder'

Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder'

Selected as Vancouver's centennial tree in 1986, Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder' was chosen for good reason. If you live in or have ever had occasion to visit Vancouver in early May, you cannot help but notice these trees covered in a mass of white showy bracts. The bracts (modified leaves - not petals!) on this particular plant are still a bit green, so the plant will be at its peak in a few days.

For a brief blurb on this hybrid and the local nurseryman who developed it (Henry M. Eddie), read this short article: 'Eddie's White Wonder'.

The Chilliwack Museum provides more information on Henry M. Eddie.

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we have a cornus white wonder in the back yard of our house that was here when we bought the house however, it has failed to bloom ever in two years and never even had a leaf on a branch! in it dead? is their a certain type of plant food that it may need? how often does it need to be watered? you would think that it would have grown some new leaves or something with all the rain that we have had this winter!

thanks,
kristen greenhouse
santa rosa, ca

It's funny that you could write this without using the name dogwood. I recognized the inflorescence immediately, and then mentally cross referenced it against the fable to make sure I wasn't mistaken. Then I double-checked the leaves.

Is this a useful identification? Or is there a significant difference between Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder' and the various trees I know as dogwood trees?

Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder' - Z6 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder' - Z5-8 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

Yes, it's a dogwood. For whatever reason, I neglected to use the common name.

I was searching the web to find a nursery who has an Eddie's White Wonder and came upon this site. Eddie's White Wonder has special meaning to me. My Great Grandfather was Henry M. Eddie, the creator. He passed down his love of gardening to his son, William C. Eddie, my grandfather. Grandpa then passed his green thumb to my mother. My mother just passed away recently. Her gardens were always beautiful. I am very proud of what my Great Grandfather created.

great informative site

The Van Dusen Garden in Vancouver may have the largest number of these White Wonders. In addition they have one of the original trees along with a plaque that describes the origin and history. Questions on how best to care for these plants may be best handled by the Van Dusen staff. My Grandfather was H.M. Eddie and the family is very proud of his work.

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