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Cornus Kousa Big Apple is an RHS AGM-winning elegant flowering dogwood with deciduous foliage, beautiful white flower bracts and edible fruit. It’s a good choice for large mixed borders, kitchen gardens, and low-maintenance courtyards.
Cornus, also known as dogwood, are a large genus of flowering shrubs and trees from the east. Cornus Kousa originates from Japan where it grows in lightly shaded woods and forest edges.
The cultivar Cornus Kousa Big Apple is an especially pretty variety of dogwood. It has large dark green leaves in early spring and a prominent display of showy white flowers. Its flowers are large four petalled beauties in showy white bracts. They can reach up to 14 centimetres long and cover the tree on mature specimens. Fruits follow its flowers in late summer, Huge edible red berries reach four centimetres in width and hang from its strong branches hence the name ‘Big Apple’. The fruits resemble hard raspberries and have a creamy taste. In winter, the foliage deepens to dramatic red and falls to reveal a branching framework of attractive brown stems that are perfect supports for fairy lights.
Height and Spread of Cornus Kousa Big Apple Dogwood Big Apple reaches a height and spread of four metres in 10-20 years.
How Hardy Is Cornus Kousa Big Apple This is a hardy tree that can cope with freezing winters and exposure if the roots are well drained.
How To Use Cornus Kousa Big Apple As well as looking attractive Dogwood Big Apple makes an unusual addition to a kitchen garden. If you have a small courtyard or urban garden and want to grow fruit trees, this is a versatile option. It also brings colour and architectural shapes to wildlife-friendly gardens, low-maintenance spaces, woodland gardens and informal cottage borders. Big Apple has excellent seasonal interest with its fiery autumn colour and dramatic red stems in winter.
How To Care For Cornus Kousa Big Apple Choose a position in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained fertile soil. Dogwood Big Apple is hardy and copes with an exposed spot. Give it plenty of water until it’s established and a thick layer of mulch each spring to boost the soil’s nutrients and create a big flower display. This pretty flowering dogwood doesn’t need pruning or shaping. Just remove any crossed or broken branches in early spring.