Toronto gardeners have an alternative: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)
In a "parkette" nearby which doubles as a dog run (watch out while treading!), the City of Toronto has planted some more "unusual" shrubs and perennials. I use this adjective because I constantly see the "classic" run of the mill selection like yews, euonymus, and forsythia in private foundation plantings instead of public spaces. You know there's a disconnect when the city's park planners are more progressive than many landscape contractors.
|Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) in bloom|
Anyway, off my soap box, here's a shot of some Cornelian cherry or Cornus mas blooming right now in downtown Toronto. The bright yellow flowers cluster along tan branches and are welcome at this time of the year.