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Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood)

Evergreen Dogwood, Bentham's Cornel, Headed-Flowered Dogwood, Himalayan Evergreen Dogwood, Himalayan Strawberry Tree, Benthamidia capitata, Benthamidia fragifera


Prized for its lovely flowers and brightly colored fruit, Cornus capitata (Evergreen Dogwood) is a bushy evergreen tree or shrub of spreading habit, forming a low canopy of ovate, leathery, dark green leaves, that may take on purplish and reddish shades in fall. In early to midsummer, showy creamy-white, petal-like bracts surrounding insignificant, true flowers are on display, contrasting nicely with the evergreen foliage. Grabbing the attention, they are followed by clusters of fleshy, strawberry-like, red berries in fall. Ornamentally attractive, they are also edible and hungry birds feast on them. A great choice for mild coastal areas.

  • Grows up to 20-40 ft. tall and wide (6-12 m).
  • Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Intolerant of heat and humidity. Provide a sheltered site.
  • Great as a specimen plant or in shrub borders.
  • Virtually disease free and pest free.
  • Propagate by seed in fall or stratify and sow in spring or propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Native to China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Spread 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 8 – 9
Climate Zones 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Spread 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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