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Cornus kousa 'Dogwood'

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Feature

Autumn colour

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Lee Avison, copyright GAP Photos (252396)

Plant details

A large shrub or small tree from Japan and Korea, it has two good seasons of interest. In early summer there's a mix of white bracts, with tiny flowers in the centre, set against the green leaves, and in autumn the leaves flare bronze and crimson. In a good year there will also be strawberry-like pink fruit for added interest. Provide rich soil, with some well-rotted compost, and grow it in a woodland garden. The form var. chinensis is also very attractive.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: kousa

Cultivar: Dogwood

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 700cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August


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