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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

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
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RatingContent
Positive

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.