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PlantFiles: Chinese Evergreen Dogwood, Kousa Dogwood
Cornus elliptica

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: elliptica (ee-LIP-tih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cornus kousa var. angustata
Synonym:Cynoxylon ellipticum

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 1grassman On May 27, 2011, 1grassman from Manning, SC wrote:

Love this tree! I have one that is about 20' and is doing well in hardwood understory and blooming profusely right now (May 27). Seeds germinate well if planted outdoors in the fall. I had 13 seedlings last spring but lost all of them to squirrels. This year I covered the pots with hardware cloth and have 5 healthy little trees.

In my area the leaves remain mostly lime green all winter and provide needed winter color against the grey woods.


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

Savannah, Georgia
Gobles, Michigan
Ridgeland, Mississippi
Manning, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Renton, Washington

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