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Japanese Flowering Dogwood

Cornus kousa chinensis is very attractive due to its large, white flowers

Japanese Flowering Dogwood
 
 
 
 

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Product information "Japanese Flowering Dogwood"

The Japanese flowering dogwood, Cornus kousa chinensis, is characterised by its large, white flowers, which appear in large numbers. Due to its picturesque growth it is a very attractive ornamental plant.

When the many, large and white flowers show up in May and June, the Japanese flowering dogwood is an absolute attraction. Also the red fruits that develop are striking and after the bloom, the red autumn colouring is also a highlight.
 
An attractive and valuable ornamental shrub

Japanese flowering dogwood is a very attractive and valuable shrub for your garden. The flowers appear in May and June and consist of four, up to 13 cm large, white petals, partly with a pink colouration. These flowers appear in large numbers on the tier-like, protruding branches. With an age older than 10 years, the 4 m tall shrub looks like a snow-capped mountain during the flowering period. In the centre of the large petals, also called bracts or upper leaves, the fruit develops in late summer. Due to their red colour, the fruits look are very pretty on the plant; with their soft texture they are reminiscent of raspberries and in fact the fruits can be eaten without problems, however the skin should be removed, as it tastes very bitter and tart. The fruits are unfortunately not really worth the effort, the taste is rather bland, so viewing them is preferred over the taste.

The summer green leaves turn red in autumn, and Cornus kousa chinensis is once again the focus of attention at the end of the garden season.
 
A beautiful growth form

This Japanese flowering dogwood grows up to 6 m high and 4 m wide and has wide spreading, tier-like branches. It has a particularly beautiful appearance as a shrub with multiple shoots; 2-4 strong shoots are selected and trimmed to about 1 m, above which the bulging crown develops. Even as a small tree, the Japanese flowering dogwood is very beautiful, but only one stem is trained.
 
One could think that this plant is demanding, but actually it is far from it. It can be planted in a sunny or semi-shaded location and in all normal garden soils, which are neither too moist nor dry. Light and slightly acidic soil is however preferred. The plant is hardy down to -25°C. Pruning is not necessary, but can be done after flowering. It is advisable to choose a sufficiently large location so that the habit of the plant can develop without restriction. Since the flowers are formed on last year's shoots, one should always expect less flowers after pruning.
 
A solitary location

Cornus kousa chinensis is an absolute solitary plant and needs enough space to develop. A prominent position rewards this dogwood with lush flowering, which delights every observer. This dogwood must not be missing in any Asian style gardens.
 
Short description of Cornus kousa chinensis

Growth: A shrub with multiple shoots or small tree, expansive

Final size: 6 m high and 4 m wide

Flowers: White, partly light pink, May to June

Leaves: Green, red autumn colour

Use: Solitary plantings, in groups

Speciality: A very attractive ornamental plant 
 
  • Flowering Period May, June
  • Final height 4m to 7.5m
  • Final width 3m to 4m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Use beds/borders, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, acidic, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green

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