Cornus kousa var. chinensis

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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 showstopper of a tree, with two main seasons of interest. 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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Not recommended for the impatiient.


I planted as instructed and have looked after the plant by watering well in dry periods and adding mulch and fertilizer but was disappointed after the bract didn't show in the 2nd year after planting, I have read since that they take a few years. Hopefully it will show the lovely white bract in another couple of years.




I would buy from Crocus again


I thoroughly researched the plant I wanted as I t was to remind me of a very dear American friend. I found the Crocus web site answered all my queries and the plant was well established in the pot and transferred to the spot I wanted to put it in my wee garden.




Can't wait for the blooms


I first saw this shrub in a garden !! It was a mature specimen , I had no idea what it was called I stumbled across a picture of it on the Crocus site ! I was pleased with the plant I received , can't wait to see the first flowers ! or in my case bracke's




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Patience is rewarded


I bought this shrub some years ago and while it flourished it remained totally green. This year has been a joy, worth the wait, there is now a profusion of white leaves which look like blossom and have caused a few enquiries about the shrub. It is beautiful, so glad I waited.


Wetherby, West Yorkshire


I would recommend this Cornus


I bought a Cornus Kousa to replace a tree that had died. It was coloured bracts in Spring, and coloured leaves in Autumn. It has grown well since I bought it and flowered last Spring. I chose it because it is a small tree, and would fit in the space I could give it. The plant was carefully packed. I have since seen a number of these attractive trees at Wisley.

Gardening Grannie



More like a cutting than a 9cm pot plant


Nice healthy plant but very small in height frifgtened I might forget where I have planted these take a week while to get a Autumn display I would recommend purchasing a larger plant.




Waiting for the flowers


I have been searching for this shrub for years and found it at last on Crocus. It arrived with the usual speed and care in packing. It is growing well, opposite a window where I hope to see some of the white bracts in due course.


Wetherby, Yorkshire


Cornus kousa var. chinensis

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I love this, but anxious it can grow too tall. Is it possible to prune it as it grows so that it never get taller than 3-4 metres in height? Thank you for replying.

Small garden

Yes it would be possible to carry out an annual prune when the plant is fully dormant from autumn to early spring.


Hi I was wondering if I could use this as an informal hedge in my back garden; along with plants such as a saracocca and Viburnum Tinus? Many thanks

Green and green fingered

Hello there This is not usually used as a hedge as really you want to appreciate it's lovely shape which is quite rounded and bushy. It is often used as a specimen and focal point in a garden, so would be a shame to restrict it. Also this plant requires minimal pruning once it is established, so you wouldn't be able to prune as you might a hedge.

Hi I would like to order one of these plants but as our soil is lime /chalk would it be possible to grow it in a large container? Kind regards,Brian Birds.


Hello, It will be quite happy in a really large pot filled with ericaceous compost for several years, but eventually it will be happier in the ground.


Cornus Kousa - when will it start to grow in the Spring? I bought a Cornus Kousa from you last year. It is March now and at the moment it isn't showing much signs of life. Have the severe frosts etc. slowed down the growing process, and when can I expect it to start budding etc? Thank you

dorothy law

Hello There, It is still too early for most plants to be showing any signs of life and as we have had such a severe winter, everything is even slower than usual. I would not expect to see any signs of life on your Cornus for at least 6 - 8 weeks. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Cornus kousa care Have just received delivery of a Cornus kousa. Could you please let me have full instructions on how to keep it happy etc. Thanks

dorothy law

Hello There, We do have most of the information on our site - just click on the following link to go straight to it. The only other thing you need to do is to feed it with a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore during the growing season. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Cornus kousa for a pot? How long could I grow a Cornus Kousa for in a pot? When is the best time to buy? I only have a small garden but would consider planting it out next year. Thank you.

dorothy law

Hello There, These trees are quite slow growing, so you could pot it up into a much larger pot using ericaceous compost, and as long as you make sure it is kept well fed and watered it should be happy for a couple of years. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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My Cornus has not flowered? I have a dogwood - Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder' and it has not flowered. Can you tell me why?

B Homer

Hello There, It is not unusual for these plants to take a few years to settle in before they start to produce flowers so you may need a little patience - but once they start they are well worth the wait. You can help them along by making sure they get lots of sun, and feed them with a good general purpose fertilise during the growing season.

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Can I prune my dogwood now? I have a small Cornus florida that was planted in the Autumn. It is bushier than I would like as I want a tree rather than shrub. Its starting to bud now and I probably should have pruned it in the winter, but is it too late now?

Richard Stanaro

Ideally you should prune this Cornus in late winter or early spring. However you may still get away with it if you do it very soon. Just cut back the branches you don't want by pruning to an outward facing bud.


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