Cornus Empress of China (Specimen)


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SKU: cornus-empress-of-china Category:
Common Name: Dogwood
Size: 5 Litre
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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5 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: une
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual Height: 4.5 – 5.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 4 – 4.5m

The Cornus Empress of China, also known as ‘Dogwood’  is a unique, small semi-evergreen tree that produces an abundance of creamy white bracts in early Summer. Its leaves are a vibrant green and will remain on the tree during mild Winters, although some may fall off during very cold weather. Additionally, in warm Summers, striking red fruit will appear following the flower bracts.

The blooming of the Cornus is influenced by the preceding year’s Summer weather. If the Summer is hot and long, the next year’s flowering will be spectacular. Conversely, if the Summer is cold and wet, the next year’s flowering will be weak or inconsistent.