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  • Eventual height: 7m
  • Eventual spread: 5m

Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'

Japanese dogwood

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit
12lt pot (0.6-1m) £129.99

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Clusters of tiny green flowers, which are surrounded by large, dark pink petal-like bracts, put on a very showy display in early summer. On mature plants the flowers are followed by inedible strawberry-like fruit. In autumn, there is even more interest when the dark green leaves turn dark reddish purple. This Japanese dogwood is ideal for a shrub border and where space is limited it may be fan-trained against a wall.

  • Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning once established, although as it is naturally low-branching and shrubby, you may need to clear a short, single stem when young. This should be tackled when the plant is fully dormant from autumn to early spring.
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