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Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun'
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kousa 'Summer Fun'

'Summer Fun' is a shrub or small tree, up to 3m high, with variegated grey-green leaves with broad pale cream margins, which become flushed with pink and soft orange in autumn. The flowers, with showy white bracts, in early summer are followed by red fruits which are edible raw or cooked

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green Grey Silver Variegated
Summer White Cream Green Grey Silver Variegated Red
Autumn Orange Pink Cream Green Grey Silver Variegated Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cornaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in partial shade but will also grow in full sun, and in most well-drained soils except shallow soils over chalk; for more advice, see cornus cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by cornus anthracnose, honey fungus and phytophthora

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