Available early Summer 2015 - This particular dogwood is an improved early flowering form of the more well known Cornus kousa var chinensis and has masses of large, creamy-white flower bracts in June. Brightly coloured, strawberry-like fruits follow the flower bracts in autumn after a hot summer.
The leaves are dark green in summer and turn pretty shades of red/orange in autumn before falling. It is an excellent choice for a sunny border and can also be grown in a large container if required.
Introduced from Hupeh, a central province in China in 1910, Cornus kousa has proved to be a first class, small, hardy tree with huge numbers of eye-catching bracts.
1) The superb display of flower bracts on the Cornus kousa 'China Girl' in our woodland gardens (taken in June 2012). This is a seven year old plant, height approx 7 ft, spread 6 ft.
2) A time-lapse video of the same Cornus kousa 'China Gir' showing the lovely flower bracts slowly develop and colour up. The full display lasts for around 5 - 6 weeks from late May to early July - Summer 2012.
10 frames per second, each frame approx 10 - 15 mins apart in real time.