A picture of a Chinese Dogwood

Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Also known as

Korean dogwood, Kousa, Dogwood

0 Cornus kousa 'Chinensis'- Samoëns by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Chinese Dogwood

The strawberry looking small red fruit of the Cornus Kousa var. chinensis (Chinese Dogwood) hanging from a branch.
A close up of the fruit, leaves and tree branch of the Cornus kousa var, chinensis (Chinese Dogwood)
A flowering specimen of the Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese Dogwood) in a woodland setting.
A mass of the white flowers of the Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese Dogwood) on the plant in a garden.
A photo of Chinese Dogwood

Chinese Dogwood Overview

This large deciduous shrub or small tree produces small flower heads but large cream bracts that can be 4 to 6 cm in length. These develop into deep pink almost red fruit that look almost strawberry like. In autumn it's leaves turn a lovely red or orange colour before falling.

Common problems with Chinese Dogwood

Generally pest free but can suffer from Cornus anthracnose disease.

    How to harvest Chinese Dogwood

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Chinese Dogwood

    Cuttings

    Take semi hardwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in late autumn/early winter.

    Grafting

    Seed

    Special features of Chinese Dogwood

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn an orange or red colour.

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers with showy white bracts cover the plant in summer.

    Other uses of Chinese Dogwood

    This low maintenance plant gives architectural interest to large borders or woodland settings.