Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Chinese Dogwood - Cornus kousa  var. chinensis

Common Name: Chinese Dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: kousa
Cultivar: var. chinensis

The latin Cornus means ‘horn’, in this case referring to the hard nature of the wood.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 7.00 m (700 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A real show stopper of a tree with two seasons of interest. Broadly conical in shape it produces tiny green flowers in June surrounded by showy creamy white flower bracts that fade to lovely shades of pink. In autumn the dark green leaves turn crimson-purple and mature trees produce strawberry-like fruits. It's an excellent specimen tree for a small garden or woodland edge and the leaf colour is best in fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil.

Garden Care: Incorporate a quantity of composted pine needles or well-rotted leaf mould when planting. Requires minimal pruning.

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