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Cornus kousa 'Venus'

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (40816)

Plant details

This relatively new hybrid is a cross between Cornus nuttallii and Cornus kousa var. chinensis. It's a small, but tough, tree with excellent tolerance to drought and diseases. It bears large creamy white flowers, or bracts, 15cm across, in late spring. Mature trees may also form strawberry-like fruits. In autumn the large, glossy leaves fade to rich yellows oranges and purples. Its size and length of interest makes Cornus kousa 'Venus' an ideal for a small garden.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: kousa

Cultivar: Venus

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: 400cm

Flowering period: June to June


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