Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Wisley Queen'
Chinese dogwood 'Wisley Queen'
A bushy small tree to 6m tall, with ovate leaves turning red and purple in autumn, and showy flower heads in early summer, each with four broadly ovate cream bracts which age to pink, followed by rose-red fruits
Ultimate height4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread2.5–4 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
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
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or light shade. For more advice, see flowering dogwood cultivation
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds
Generally pest-free but may be susceptible to horse chestnut scale
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