I have a Satomi dogwood in my garden. It blooms in early June, and it is absolutely stunning for a few weeks. The blooms start out kind of white-with-a-greenish-tinge, then they turn white, and ultimately they turn pink.
It's still a lovely tree - as dogwoods are - even after the blooming is finished. The shape of the tree is pretty, the leaves have a distinct shape -- and are a wonderful shade of green (and then they turn a lovely shade of golden-purpley-red in the fall). Another bonus: the "fruits"/seedpods are very interesting . . .
Such VERY cool looking seedpods! (Dr. Seuss-like, for sure.)
Usually, I just admire the seedpods from afar. The birds really like them. The squirrels gobble them up when they fall on the ground. I've never had any random Satomi dogwoods just . . . spring up or "volunteer" . . . in my garden, so I figured they were hard to grow maybe?
Wondering about that . . . I did a little research this summer, and discovered that No! They aren't hard to grow all -- and that I can easily harvest the fruit, scoop out the seeds, stratify them in my refrigerator over the winter, and . . . grow my own little dogwood trees "from scratch."
Imagine! A little forest of Satomi dogwood trees in my garden!
There are quite a few how-to/information-sources out there on the internet for doing this kind of project, and they all pretty much follow the same steps. (I am using a combination of this article and this YouTube video.) It's not hard to do at all. You just need to follow the steps, be patient . . . and remember that you've got this little project going (because it's hard to remember you've got seeds hidden away sometimes).
I "harvested" some seedpods last weekend (in a race to get them before the birds do), and then soaked them for a few days (to soften up the pulp) . . .
And then, once the pods were good and soft, I squished them and kind of ripped 'em open to find the little seeds inside.
The green arrow in the photo above shows you the actual seed (covered with more pulp). Most of the seedpods I collected had at least 2 separate seeds inside; a couple of them had 4 -- and there was one with only 1 little lonely seed inside.
I ended up with a handful of Satomi dogwood seeds . . .
Now, I have them drying out on my patio for a few days . . .
I did cover them up with a lingerie bag (because squirrels and chipmunks) . . .
Once they dry out, I'll put the seeds in a little brown bag and store them in a cool and dry place until February 1, ready for the stratification step.
Don't hold your breath . . .
This is a lo-o-o-ng term project!
(But wouldn't it be cool if it worked????)