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Empress of China™ Dogwood

Exceptional blooming with persistant foliage

Empress of China™ Dogwood

Exceptional blooming with persistant foliage

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Empress of China is a wonderful evergreen variety that can easily withstand the heat and humidity of the Deep South and still produce an impressive amount of blooms throughout the growing season. It exhibits amazing garden performance in the North, too (with some protection), thriving in the Mid-Atlantic to Zone 6b. In late spring, the entire tree is covered in creamy white flowers—up to 150 per branch—that magically transform into vibrant, strawberry-like fruits that attract songbirds. As the name suggests, the glossy, bright green leaves keep their vivid color throughout the year in the South. Semi-evergreen in cooler climates, the foliage takes on a purplish tinge in the cold winter months. In either climate, it sets a partly shaded site alight with color and texture. Selected by our friend, noted plantsman John Elsley. Cornus angustata 'Elsbry' PP14537
  • Zone 6-9
  • Height 15 - 18 feet

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    Product Details

    • Botanical Name: Cornus angustata 'Elsbry' PP#14537
    • Ships As: POTTED
    • Form: Tree
    • Sun Exposure: Partial Shade
    • Height/Habit: 15 - 18 feet
    • Spread: 13 - 15 feet
    • Spacing: 13 - 15 feet
    • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
    • Flowering Date: Late spring
    • Winter Care: An organic mulch is helpful to conserve soil moisture, when plant is young.
    • Shipping Season: Spring
    • Flower Color: white
    • Flower Form: Composed of four prominent "star-shaped" bracts that surround a small central cluster of tiny flowers.
    • Foliage Type: Evergreen in south, to semi-evergreen in cooler climates. Lustrous, narrow, dark green leaves have a purplish tinge in the coldest winters.
    • Pruning: Prune to maintain a desired shape and to remove dead and broken limbs. Late winter.
    • Soil Requirement: Acidic, organically-rich, moisture retentive soil. Use mulch to maintain soil moisture - never allow to dry out. Becomes more drought tolerant with age.
    • Additional Information: A seedling selection made in the South Carolina garden of John Elsley, 1993. Botanically close to Cornus kousa.
    • Restricted States: AE AK FL GU HI PR


    When will my order ship?

    Orders for in-stock seeds, general merchandise and gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

    Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping time frames outlined below:

    *Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

    2018 Spring Shipping Schedule
    Zone All Other Perennials & Potted Plants
    1A-4B 4/30/18 - 6/8/18
    5A-6B 4/30/18 - 6/22/18
    7A & 7B 4/2/18 - 6/22/18
    8A & 8B 2/19/18 - 5/25/18
    9A-10B 2/12/18 - 5/25/18
    Last Order Date Zones Zones 1-4: June 4th, 2018
    Zones 5-7: June 18th, 2018
    Zones 8-10: May 21st, 2018

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