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.