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Cornus kousa chinensis

Cornus kousa chinensis

This Chinese Dogwood is noted for its exceptional late spring blossom. As with many dogwoods, the flowers are actually tiny and green, but surrounded by 4 large bracts which give the appearance of blossom.

In late summer the tree produces small pink/red berries, rather like small raspberries. These can be eaten fresh or used in cooking, but Cornus kousa is primarily an ornamental tree.

As autumn approaches the leaves turn from green to orange to crimson red.

Cornus kousa chinensis flowering dogwood trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering
You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

The Chinese dogwoods are naturally resistant to the fungal disease called anthranose. The tree remains fairly small, reaching 3m after about 10 years and going on to perhaps 5m in very good conditions - but this is a very slow growing tree so space is unlikely to be an issue.

Cornus kousa chinensis characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive bark
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional drought
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Fruit colourPink
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • BarkBrown - light
  • Country of originChina
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Cornus kousa
    White Fountain
    This flowering dogwood is characterised by its large white bracts, and attractive red autumn leaf colours.

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