SelecTree: Tree Detail
Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis
Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample water. Similar to C. kousa, but larger leaves and flowers (bracts).
Has fragrant Flower.
Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Glossy Medium Green, Red, Gold or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Cream or White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.
Bark Mottled, Red Brown.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9, 14 - 16.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2019. Feb 23, 2019.
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