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 trees for sale

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3-year Cornus kousa chinensis tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£34.95
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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

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive bark
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional drought
  • Sunlight: Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Small spaces
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Pink
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bark: Brown - light

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

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