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Chinese Dogwood Tree

Kousa Dogwood Tree - "Cornus kousa chinensis"

Chinese Dogwood is a tree that offers a spectacular cloud of flowers in early summer. The white star shaped bracts show up well against the dark green foliage. In fact, they start out pale green, gradually lightening until they are bright white when fully open.

chinese dogwood In autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful scarlet with purplish overtones. The flowers are followed by edible red fruit about the size of ping pong balls.

This tree loves full sun and grows at a moderate rate, reaching 20 feet in height and 15 feet in width when full grown. This tree offers year round interest.

As the tree ages, the bark flakes in a very attractive way, creating more texture in the garden. This is most noticeable in the winter.

Landscape Ideas

Chinese Dogwood makes an excellent specimen plant. Make sure you give it room to grow to its full potential. It will also work in a border. Plant this tree with Dwarf Nikko Deutzia or Dark Knight Bluebeard for a nice contrast.

This tree works well near large walls or buildings in a foundation planting. The red fruit is good to eat fresh or it can be made into wine or mead. The flavor of the fruit is described as being similar to melon. Wild birds also are attracted to the fruit.

This tree is large enough to make an impact, yet small enough to fit in small yards with ease. It is a tree that gives visual interest all year long.

Planting And Care Tips

Chinese Dogwood likes full sun. It needs regular watering, especially during the hot periods in the summer. Pruning should be done during the winter, but try to keep it to a minimum. The Chinese Dogwood is more disease resistant than most American native varieties.

This tree can be propagated through root greenwood cuttings in the summer or root hardwood cuttings in the fall. This tree may be resistant to honey fungus, dogwood anthracnose, spot anthracnose and powdery mildew.

Where to Buy Online

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Chinese Dogwood Tree Information

  • Scientific Name: Cornus kousa chinensis

  • Best Soil: Acidic, well drained soil with lots of organic matter is best

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Deciduous; dark green

  • Fall Color: Leaves gain a reddish-scarlet tint

  • Bloom: Large white bracts with green centers appear in early summer; red fruit follows

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows up to 20 feet high and 15 feet wide in a pyramidal form

  • Pruning: Minimum is best; prune in winter

  • Watering: Regular watering is recommended

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: This plant works best as a specimen

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