Cornus kousa var. chinensis

12lt pot (80-100cm) £89.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Cornus kousa var. chinensis Chinese dogwood: A stunning specimen tree or large shrub

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: slow initially, then average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This is a real show stopper, with two main seasons of interest. Can be grow as a specimen shrub or a small tree but this plant has been pruned to create a well branched bush form. Broadly conical in shape, it produces tiny green flowers in June, which are surrounded by showy, creamy-white, petal-like bracts, that fade to lovely shades of pink as they age. 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 good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning once established, although as it is naturally low-branching and shrubby, you may need to clear a short, single stem when young. This should be tackled when the plant is fully dormant from autumn to early spring.

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