Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’ (also called flowering dogwood)
Broad leaved deciduous shrub producing white bracts in early summer. Acid tolerant.
White bracts in summer, variegated foliage, hot summers produce fruits.
Habit – spreading, vase shaped. H: up to 7m, S: up to 5m.
Leaves – leaves have a distinctive droop. Oval, glossy, dark green leaves with a central splash of yellow; the centre turns red, and the edge purple, in the autumn
Stems – older growth is brown, young growth is pink.
Flowers – creamy-white bracts with some splotchy pink markings. May be followed by red strawberry like fruits in a warm year.
Sun or semi shade.
Dislike shallow, chalky soil and do better in an acid soil.
Prune to keep size and cut out any dead wood in autumn.
By seed in autumn or softwood cuttings in summer.
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