Japanese Dogwood (Cornus kousa chinensis)

Tree
Dendrobenthamia japonica. (Thunb.)Hutch.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Japanese Dogwood
Cornus kousa chinensis
Cornaceae

Wood – very hard and heavy. Used for mallets etc[151].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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].
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].
E. Asia – China.

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