Cornus kousa

Cornus kousa

Dogwood

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Cornus kousa
  • Common name: Dogwood
  • Family: Cornaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous

Native to Japan and Korea, Cornus kousa is a large shrub or tree with two good seasons of interest. In early summer it bears 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 in autumn.

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Grow Cornus kousa in rich soil with well-rotted compost, in full sun to partial shade. It’s an ideal choice for a small garden. 

How to grow Cornus kousa

  • Plant size

    6m height

    4m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do Take cuttings in November

Do Take cuttings in December

Cornus kousa and wildlife

Cornus kousa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cornus kousa poisonous?

Cornus kousa has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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