Heart Throb Cornus Chinese Dogwood Tree
Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb'
Late spring brings the first blooms (actually the showy part is the bracts) to this well-branched, slow-growing little tree. Most dogwoods bloom for several weeks, but the rosy-pink bracts on 'Heart Throb' persist for up to 2 months -- more than twice as long as most others! And they are so beautiful that you will appreciate every bonus day!
As the blooms begin to pass, you can appreciate the somewhat large, pointed blue-green foliage, very lush and fresh. Enjoy it all summer, because in autumn it will turn a vibrant shade of crimson-red and remain that way for weeks before dropping!
The blooms are also followed by masses and masses of berries, small and round, that begin green and then quickly turn pink in early fall. They persist all season, to the joy of neighborhood songbirds. After the leaves fall for winter, you will still see the final berries -- until the birds see them too, that is, and polish them off!
Even in winter, 'Heart Throb' contributes beauty to the garden -- this time in the form of grayish-brown fissured, peeling bark. Many plants are called "multi-season," but this Chinese Dogwood really exemplifies what that means!
Like most dogwoods, 'Heart Throb' absolutely must have acidic soil to thrive. It will tell you if the soil is too limey -- the foliage will begin to yellow. But don't let it get to that point; keep the soil well-drained, rich, and quite acidic. This is a slow grower, and you want it to reach its full, magnificent potential.
'Heart Throb' is ideal for coastal locations, holding up well in salt spray. It also tolerates plenty of heat and humidity. Expect it to reach about 15 feet high after a decade's growth, and eventually to top out at no more than 30 feet high and wide -- potentially somewhat smaller. It forms a nice canopy when mature, spreading wider than it is tall.
This Chinese Dogwood received the 2002 Cary Award for its superb performance in New England (above zone 5) garden conditions, so plant it fearlessly in northern regions. Of course, it also loves the long summers and mild winters of the south and midwest. We highly recommend this tree for specimen use as well as in the border, and are honored to make it available this season. Zones 4-9.
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Mid Summer|
|Plant Height||15 ft - 30 ft|
|Plant Width||30 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Award Winner, Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Free Bloomer|
|Bloom Color||Dark Pink, Light Red, Rose|
|Foliage Color||Blue Green, Red|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Cold Hardy|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|
How to Plant Your Tree
When planting a new tree, know the strengths and weaknesses of your treevariety. For example, if your tree has delicate leaves placing the trees fully exposed to drying sun and wind will certainly lead to scorched leaves
and a puny trees. Think of your tree's habit and mature size when
planting. You would not want a tree that will be 15' wide in a few
years planted too closely to any permanent structure or other trees.
Choose a place with plenty of room in a partially shaded place,
preferably a spot where your tree can get a nice dose of morning sun
and be protected through the harshest part of those hot summer
Gardeners will often plant their trees in holes that are too deep and too narrow. Roots need access to oxygen and room to grow. Dig a hole about three times the width of the root ball, and the crown (the place where the roots meet the trunk) should be level with the soil surface. If you have clay soil, make sure to break up the sides and bottom of the hole to prevent water from being trapped and rotting your brand new tree. If your tree was in a container, carefully pull apart the roots to ensure that your tree does not become girdled and strangle itself. Recover the soil to the crown, but do not pack it down tightly—loose dirt allows roots to become established.
How to Feed and Water Your Tree
Trees, once established are very low-maintenance for most of the year. Most trees love moisture—during the warmer months, make sure you give your tree a deep watering
about twice a week during hot, dry summers to help it establish strong roots.Some
varieties with more delicate leaves may have a tendency to
dry up and scorch in the summer or freeze in a late frost and scorch.
If you suspect a late frost is headed your way, just go ahead and cover
the more delicate plants in your garden. Deep watering may be your only
hope against drying in the summer.
An all-purpose slow-release fertilizer or rich compost will supply the basic nutrients to feed most trees. Just work the fertilizer into the soil around the tree at the beginning of every season to get the best results.
How to Prune Your Tree
your tree has been properly planted, has established itself, and has
developed a strong root system, the only thing left to do is periodic
pruning and shaping. Pruning maples is really simple. Remove dead or
damaged limbs, and any new growth that appears on the main trunk
(allowing your tree to focus its energy on filling out its distinctly
beautiful branches). You may also want to shorten long limbs that
distract from the overall shape of the tree.
Choosing Tree Varieties to Suit Your Garden
Want to make a dramatic change in the overall look of your garden? Planting a trees is the quickest way to change the look and feel of your garden. Trees add
structure and height, and they have striking presence and
style. A few strategically placed trees in your landscape design can
change the entire look and feel of your yard. Planting a tree provides incredible results for the modest amount money and time
invested, it's good for the environment, and it's fun.
Some of the quickest growers are also the most interesting. Many varieties of dense firs, colorful maples, and wispy willows grow quickly enough to noticeably change the look of your garden in just one season. Fast-growing trees are as functional as they are beautiful—quickly providing privacy screens, shade trees, and dramatic color and fragrance that could take years to achieve with slower varieties.
Landscape Design with Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
Pines, Cypresses, and Thujas grow incredibly fast, and make a great
quick fix for most of your tree-related garden needs. A tall pine, like
a Loblolly or Rock Pine, can reach impressive shade-tree heights in a
third of the time that it would take many deciduous trees to reach the
same height. And the long, dark-green, wispy needles give an
ephemeral—almost mystical—feel, turning your garden into the setting
of a great fairytale. Thujas, also known as Arborvitae, are the
fastest-growing evergreens around. Their dense green foliage is perfect
for blocking outside sights, sounds, and wind—turning your garden into
a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle.
Grow Your Own Fruit
Growing your own fruit is cheaper, more fun, and usually a lot safer than buying fruit from the grocery store. Also, fruit trees are usually very impressive in the garden--they usually have pretty, fragrant blooms, and they attract humming birds and butterflies.
Fruit trees are always popular, but often it takes several years before a tree produces a substantial amount of fruit. There are a few fast-growing fruit tree varieties that produce a useful amount of fruit within a couple seasons. Dwarf citrus trees are small, and mature very fast, but you can only grow these in containers unless you live in a very warm place. Trees from the genus Prunus, like cherries, apricots, plums, and peaches, all grow fairly quickly, and they are so diverse that any gardener will be able to find exactly what they need.
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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:
1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".
2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.
3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.
4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.