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Cornus kousa chinensis - Osborn.
                 
Common Name Japanese Dogwood
Family Cornaceae
USDA hardiness 5-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Thickets, 1200 - 2200 metres[109].
Range E. Asia - China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Cornus kousa chinensis Japanese Dogwood


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Cornus kousa chinensis Japanese Dogwood
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cornus kousa chinensis is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 6 m (19ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Dendrobenthamia japonica. (Thunb.)Hutch.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[61, 177]. Sweet and juicy[11, 183], it is very nice in small quantities[K]. Very seedy[105]. The skin is rather tough and unpleasant, but the pulp is delicious with a custard-like texture[K]. This fruit gained very high marks from a group of 7 people in a fruit-tasting visit to various gardens[K]. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter[200]. Young leaves - cooked[105, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Wood.

Wood - very hard and heavy. Used for mallets etc[151].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility[1], ranging from acid to shallow chalk[200]. Does not like chalky soils according to other reports[184, 188]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a rich well-drained loamy soil and a position that is at least partially sunny[11]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to about -20°c[184]. A number of named forms have been developed for their ornamental value[182]. Plants are slow-growing when young, they speed up somewhat after a few years but then soon slow down again[202]. This sub-species of C. kousa grows more freely, flowering and fruiting better in Britain though it barely differs in appearance from the species[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed[80, 113]. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors[80, 164]. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year[164]. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification[80, 164]. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more[164]. Prick out the seedlings of cold-frame sown seeds into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse, planting out in the spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, July/August in a frame[188]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage[78]. Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months[78].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
Osborn.
Botanical References
11109200
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Readers comment
 
Jethrov L.
Aug 17 2011 12:00AM
Theres no info about the climate requirements. I suppose it will grow well in the mediterranean zone.
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