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PlantFiles: Chinese Dogwood
Cornus angustata 'Empress of China'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: angustata (an-gus-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Empress of China
Additional cultivar information: (PP14537, Elsbry)
Hybridized by Elsley; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral AL_GAConnection On Jun 4, 2012, AL_GAConnection from Columbus, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Purchased April, 2012 from Wayside Gardens. It seems to be slow in establishing here in 8A zone. I keep it moist with shamrock planted at the base. It gets partial morning sun. I am excited to see it grow.

Positive atcps On May 19, 2011, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I bought this from a nursery in Louisville last fall and planted it in a part shade area in November. It has done well and kept its leaves all winter and is now putting on new growth. It's quite small now and did not bloom but I find it quite easy to grow here in my northern Middle Tennessee garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Louisville, Kentucky
Sumter, South Carolina
Woodlawn, Tennessee

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