• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

Eastern flowering dogwood 'Cherokee Chief'

Eastern flowering dogwood 'Cherokee Chief'

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  • Other common names Eastern flowering dogwood 'Cherokee Chief'

  • Synonyms Cornus florida 'Royal Red'

  • Genus Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

  • Family Cornaceae / Cornaceae

  • Species 'Cherokee Chief' is a large deciduous shrub to 6m, with ovate leaves and red and purple autumn colour. Flower-heads to 10cm in width, with four notched, deep rose-red bracts in late spring

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Acid

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free but can get horse chestnut scale

Diseases May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases

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