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10 Jun 2018

It’s been a good year for the Cracking Cornus kousa Flowering Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Melanie'

Cornus kousa 'Schmetterling'

Cornus kousa 'Milky Way'

Cornus kousa dances into your life and leaves you all the better for it.  The display of colourful bracts can bring a smile and slight feeling of wonder to anyone when viewed in all their splendour at this time of year.  This year seems to be producing some excellent displays due to the wet and cool weather over the winter months. 

Cornus are well known for winter stem colour however the Cornus kousa is much more graceful in their approach.  Colourful bracts are produced in clusters in shades of white, cream, green and pink in the summer months in clusters.  Gracefully shaped shrubs that really deserve a place in any garden particularly when the autumn foliage is dazzling with reds and orange.

kousa ‘Milky Way’ has bracts that open a delicate shade of green and age to white followed by spherical red fruits in the autumn.  Height 8m. 

kousa ‘Satomi’ has pink bracts and purple-red autumn foliage.  Height 4m

kousa chinensis ‘China Girl’ is an outstanding choice forming an elegant shrub with large white bracts in summer and dramatic crimson foliage in the autumn.  Height 3m

kousa ‘Melanie’ has strongly variegated silver white leaves with white bracts in May / June.  Upright in habit reaching 2.5m in height.  Excellent purple foliage colour in the autumn. 

kousa ‘Schmetterling’ has large creamy-white bracts against dark green foliage that turns dark red - scarlet in the autumn.  Height 6m

kousa ‘Cappucino’.  White bracts in early summer.  The leaves emerge green in spring and take on a bronze-purple hue in sunlight. 

‘Stellar Pink’.  A Cornus with a pink blush to the flowers / bracts that gently bleed into a creamy white towards the centre.  Dense, upright habit reaching a height of 3-5m makes this Cornus an ideal choice for a small garden.

Cornus 'Stellar Pink'

Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

Cornus kousa 'China Girl'