Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi
Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi (or Dogwood Miss Satomi) is an exceptional, free flowering shrub or small ornamental tree with masses of pink bracts borne from June through to July. It has elegant mid green foilage which turns shades of yellow and orange in the autumn. Unlike many Dogwood varieties, prized only for their brightly coloured stems, Miss Satomi variety boasts rose-pink bracts that completely envelop this deciduous little tree during the summer. The profusion of blush blossoms is followed by inedible, strawberry-like fruit in the fall, beautifully complementing the reddish autumn colour of the foliage.
Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi can grow up to 5 metres high by 4 metres wide but it can easily be trimmed to suit individual requirements. With a branched, spreading habit, and a moderate growth rate, this ornamental cultivar can be fan-trained against a wall, which makes it ideal for small gardens.
Plant Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi in sunny or part sunny spot with nice rich soil and enjoy this amazing flowering dogwood from Japan add colour to your garden. However, even though this Japanese dogwood variety won’t mind being planted in dappled shade, choosing a spot in full sun will ensure Miss Satomi flowers more profusely in the spring.
Easy to grow and to care for, this lovely ornamental shrub requires minimal maintenance to keep its striking form. Routinely remove any dead, damaged or congested stems, and cut back any branches growing in unwanted directions. Pruning should be done during the dormant season, from late autumn to the beginning of the spring.
Sturdy and robust as its close relatives, Dogwood Miss Satomi can survive even if the temperatures drop to -20 degrees. Resistant to frost and biting winds, this flowering shrub won’t need sheltering during the winter. Considering that this cultivar is not only exceptionally hardy but pest and disease free as well, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s a favourite amongst gardeners. Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi enjoys the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign that it will perform well in most UK gardens.
With a delicate, graceful appearance and extraordinary sturdiness, Dogwood Miss Satomi offers best of both worlds. This large, free-flowering cultivar works well in mixed shrub borders, as well as on its own, grown as a statement plant. Offering interest in early summer through to autumn, both the profusion of pink blossoms and the stunning autumn colour of this highly-decorative cultivar are bound to turn heads.
You may also be interested in our blogpost on Flowering Dogwoods.