Cornus kousa

ssp. chinensis

Chinensis Kousa Dogwood, Chinese Dogwood

In Stock: 37.247 lb (Total:37.247lb)
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Cornus kousa chinensis


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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

The Chinensis Kousa Dogwood, also known as the Chinese Dogwood, is undeniably one of the most stunning small landscape trees available. Its elegance lies in its showy white flowers that emerge after the leaves form in late spring or early summer. These flowers are a true spectacle to behold, attracting attention from afar.

But it is not just the flowers that make the Chinensis Kousa Dogwood special. The fruit it produces is equally captivating. The multi-colored shades of red and yellow berries range in size from gum ball to golf ball. Although the skin is rather tough and unpleasant, the pulp is sweet, juicy, and delicious, with a custard-like texture. It is a late summer delight that is cherished by many.

Aside from its floral display and fruit, this tree also boasts other appealing features. Older Chinensis Kousa Dogwoods develop an exfoliating bark character, adding another layer of visual interest to their overall appeal. Additionally, these trees are known for their fast growth, yet their sturdy branching structure and resistant limbs prevent breakage.

The Chinensis Kousa Dogwood is closely related to the Cornus kousa, with the main differences being larger flowers, leaves, and fruit in the chinensis variety. It is slightly faster growing, making it an excellent choice for those looking to establish a beautiful landscape quickly.

This small deciduous tree, reaching heights of 8-12 meters, is native to eastern Asia. Its opposite, simple leaves, measuring 4-10 cm long, give it a refined appearance. In the late spring, the tree becomes a sight to behold as its showy bracts surround the cluster of inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers. Unlike its North American relative, the Flowering Dogwood, the Chinensis Kousa Dogwood has an upright habit, which adds versatility to its use in various landscape designs.

During fall, its dark green foliage transitions to shades of reddish purple and scarlet. The autumn splendor of this tree continues to captivate, providing yet another reason to include it in your landscape.

When it comes to cultivation, the Chinensis Kousa Dogwood prefers average moisture and well-drained soil. It can thrive in full sun to part shade conditions and prefers sandy, acidic, and organically rich soils. With better disease resistance and cold hardiness compared to the Flowering Dogwood, this tree is low-maintenance yet highly rewarding.

Whether planted as a specimen tree or in small groupings around your property, the Chinensis Kousa Dogwood is sure to add beauty and visual interest. It is also a great addition to shrub borders, woodland gardens, bird gardens, or even naturalized areas.

Overall, the Chinensis Kousa Dogwood is a splendid choice for those seeking a striking flowering tree or large shrub with exceptional fall color. Its enchanting flowers, interesting fruit, and overall aesthetic appeal make it an excellent investment for any landscape design.

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