Cornus angustata ‘Empress of China’

Plant name: Cornus angustata ‘Empress of China’

Virtues: A magnificent evergreen dogwood with up to 150 white blooms on a single branch and translucent strawberry-like fruit.

Bloom Color: One and a half inch greenish-white blooms.

Leaf/Foliage: Glossy, leathery, evergreen leaves of light green about three inches long.

Goes great with: Hellebores and ferns planted nearby.

Habit: A vigorous, small to medium tree 8 to 18 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide.

Season: Blooming season begins in early summer.

Suggested by: Stephan Winterfeldt of Wayside Gardens (http:// www.waysidegardens.com).

Where does it come from: Its native habitat is Japan, Korea, China. It was selected by noted plantsman John Elsley.

Tips: Plant in part shade. Prefers an organic, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of heat, humidity, and cold hardy to zone 6. Can be used as a specimen, border, or hedge. USDA hardiness zones 6-9.

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