About This Plant

Cornus kousa var. chinensis, the Chinese dogwood, is a deciduous tree native to East Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan. It’s celebrated for its stunning flowers and ornamental qualities. Chinese dogwoods typically reach heights of 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) with a rounded canopy and unique horizontal branching.

The Story

Leaf

The tree features elliptical to ovate leaves with pointed tips and prominent veins. During the autumnal months, the foliage undergoes a transformation, displaying vibrant shades of red, orange, or purple.

Produce

The standout feature is its distinctive flowers, which appear in late spring to early summer, surrounded by large, showy bracts that can be pink, red, or white, depending on the cultivar. As the flowers fade, they give way to edible, raspberry-like fruit.
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