Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

profile icon0 Cornus kousa 'Chinensis'- Samoëns
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A group of 3 white flowers of the Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese dogwood) in front of dark it's green leaves.
profile icon0 Cornus kousa 'Chinensis'- Samoëns
by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

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

Special features

Autumn colour

Leaves turn an orange or red colour.

Attractive flowers

Flowers with showy white bracts cover the plant in summer.

Special features

Origin

Asia, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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

Personality

Family

Cornaceae

Flower colour

Cream

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest free but can suffer from Cornus anthracnose disease.
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