Cornus Kousa China Girl. Cornus Kousa China Girl is one of the finest flowering Dogwoods and it flowers abundantly. Flowering dogwoods are wonderful shrubs or small ornamental trees that do not get too big. They flower profusely in June with unusual, large flowers called Bracts, which in the case of China Girl are creamy white. These impressive looking flowers are circa 4 inches across and create quite an impact in the garden in early summer. The flowers will keep going for about two to three weeks.
Another nice advantage of a June-flowering tree is it comes after the earlier flowering camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons but before most of the full summer perennials burst into bloom.
And there’s more: After the flowering period, a large wonderful, strawberry-like fruit is produced (circa 1 inch across) which is edible and sweet tasting and adored by birds. In the autumn, the attractive green foliage turns wonderful shades of red and orange.
As the tree matures and the bark exfoliates, reddish browns, silvers and whites are exposed in winter. If you are looking for year–round interest, you won’t go far wrong with Cornus Kousa China Girl.
Cornus Kousa China Girl can grow to a height of 4 or 5 metres (can be clipped very easily) in about 15 years. They like fertile well draining soil and a nice sunny spot.