Cornus 'Greensleeves' Dogwood

Cornus 'Greensleeves' Dogwood

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Considered by Many to be the Very Best Kousa Dogwood
SKU 29150
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Key Characteristics

5 - 8

Mature Height

20 Feet

Mature Width

20 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Sandy

Description / Cornus 'Greensleeves' Dogwood

Cornus 'Greensleeves' is a small deciduous understory tree offering year-round interest, grown for its elegant appearance, prolific flowering, heavy fruiting, and beautiful fall color. In late spring to early summer, large, broad flower bracts fully blanket the foliage-covered branches. Softly suffused pale green when young, the white blooms become cream-colored as they mature. Clusters of large, edible, deep pink, strawberry- to raspberry-like fruits (drupes) follow in mid to late summer, continuing into fall. The flowers are a food source for bees and butterflies, and the berries sustain songbirds and wildlife throughout fall and winter. The tree's canopy of large, shiny, dark green leaves turns robust shades of purple and red in fall; and its bark begins exfoliating as it matures, giving it an attractive, mottled appearance, extending the season of interest through winter.

'Greensleeves' is a Cornus kousa species, native to Japan, Korea, and China, commonly called Chinese dogwood or kousa dogwood. Kousa dogwood grows vigorously and has an upright branching habit when young, giving it a vase shape; as the tree matures, it becomes more horizontal branching, wide spreading, and rounded. Kousa dogwood can live between 50 and 150 years in optimal conditions, so careful placement is important. It makes a great specimen, shade, or patio tree but is especially eye-catching planted in groups.

An easy-grow, easy-care plant, 'Greensleeves' grows best in sunny to partly shady locations with organically rich, moist, well-draining soil, having a neutral to acidic pH. It has good heat tolerance and is generally pest free and deer resistant. Dogwood trees tolerate shade but flower best with some sun. They do not fare well in pollution, flooding, or drought. Consistent moisture is important. Adding mulch around the tree's base will help keep roots moist and cool in summer.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Cornus
Species kousa
Variety 'Greensleeves'
Product Classification Trees
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Cream, Green, White
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Early Summer
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Deer Resistance
Special Features Berries, Bird Lovers, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower
Uses Beds, Fall Color, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions FL, GU, PR, VI

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