Cornus dogwood are deciduous shrubs with bright showy stems. They bear lance-shaped mid green leaves which have beautiful autumn colouring and small, star shaped flowers.Flowers are followed by loose cluster of strawberry like berries. Cornus are best planted in a woodland garden or as a specimen tree. Require well-drained, fertile soil and prefer neutral to acidic soil. You can make your soil more acidic by adding ericaceous compost. The tree requires no regular pruning, since this would interfere with its beautiful tiered habit.