Cornus Kousa Chinensis Seeds (Chinese Kousa Dogwood Seeds)

Cornus Kousa Chinensis Seeds (Chinese Kousa Dogwood Seeds)

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Edible red fruits form in late Summer and persist through the Fall. They dangle like oversized raspberries beneath the horizontally arching branches.

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Cornus kousa chinensis is a small tree from Asia. Making a beautiful bonsai tree it can also grow about 20 feet tall in the wild. Winter reveals a very attractive mottled tan and gray exfoliating bark and a distinctive horizontal branching pattern. Chinese kousa dogwood grows in a widely vase shaped to rounded form with a dark green foliage. An added bonus is a reddish Fall color that ranges to reddish purple and scarlet depending on climatic conditions. Clouds of white blossoms appear after the leaves in early Summer. Blossoms last as long as six weeks. The flowers are set among the leaves, instead of on the bare branches. The four white bracts, which are pointed at the tip, are greenish at first, then gradually change to a beautiful creamy white; one of the most beautiful of all flowering trees. Edible red fruits form in late Summer and persist through the Fall. They dangle like oversized raspberries beneath the horizontally arching branches. Hardiness zones 5-8, (-10°C/15°F, -26°C/-15°F) in Winter. The Chinese kousa dogwood is among the hardiest of flowering Dogwoods. Best grown in acidic and well-drained soil, but don't drought tolerant. Grows in partial shade, especially during the heat of the day.
Label Cornus kousa
Common name Chinese dogwood
Family Cornaceae
Genus Cornus
Species Cornus kousa
Cultivar chinensis
Therapeutic uses No
Germination For faster germination, soak the seeds in slightly hot water for 24-48 hours, followed by 3 months cold stratification before sowing at 1/4" deep in your soil mixture. Keep damp soil, not soaking wet. Keep pot in warm situation 20°C/68°F, 24°C/75°F. Germination can take several months. It can be more depending on their degree of unbroken dormancy, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification This will break their dormancy. It creates a cold and moist environment for the seeds. Mixed in seeds with slightly moistened vermiculite or peat, only damp in a ziplock bag. Close zip bag shut and store it in the salad crisper compartment of your refrigerator. If any seeds begin to sprout during the cold stratification, simply remove the seed and plant.

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