Japanese dogwood

Cornus kousa

Japanese dogwood - Cornus kousa

Common Name: Japanese dogwood
Genus: Cornus
Species: kousa

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

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting bark, 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: White
Foliage Colour: Green, Purple, RedFlowering Period: June

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

Wonderful white flower bracts in June and wavy-margined, dark green leaves turning crimson-purple in autumn. This Japanese dogwood is an ideal specimen tree for a small garden with fertile, well-drained neutral to acid soil. Broadly conical in shape, it works best in a partially shady site where the attractive flaking bark can be appreciated close-up.

Other Features: On mature plants the flowers are followed by strawberry-like, fleshy red fruit which may cause a mild stomach ache if ingested.

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

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