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Cornus kousa var. chinensis


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (40816)

Plant details

A large and elegant shrub or small tree from Japan and Korea, worthy of a place on its own where it can be admired and allowed to grow slowly to its full size. The branches are open and spreading, giving a carefree appearance to the shrub, and are covered in early summer with slender-stalked flower heads of showy white bracts, which later produce strawberry-like fruits in a good year. The foliage catches fire in autumn, turning rich bronze, orange and crimson. A beautiful shrub that grows slowly at first, but eventually needs plenty of room. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: kousa

Cultivar: var. chinensis

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

Flowering period: June to June

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