Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'
- available to order from summer
- 12lt pot (0.6-1m)
- Standard £4.95
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.