2015

 
 

Placed as the solitary tree of a small courtyard, the Beni fuji dogwood, or Cornus kousa ‘Beni fuji’, would be the indisputable centerpiece, or seen through a garden gate it would be a perfect focal-point. This small cultivar of Chinese dogwood is slower growing than the species and only reaches 6 feet tall after 10 years making it adaptable to most any garden though, ultimately, it may reach 15 feet. In youth it is elegantly vase-shaped becoming more rounded with maturity. It has glossy-green leaves strikingly accented by red veins and petioles. In autumn these leaves color a magnificent purple and red. But even more beautiful are the numerous, small, deep red flowers that have been likened to a swarm of butterflies, and this floral extravagance lasts for weeks in early summer.
The Beni fuji dogwood is a polished, small tree that prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained, slightly acidic soil, and is hardy to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. It will grow in Canada’s southern Ontario and throughout most of the US and all through the UK, where it is fully hardy. It should also be suited to New Zealand and temperate Australia.

Akatsuki dogwood is also quite beautiful.

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