Due to April frosts at the growing site, the Empress of China dogwoods have been set back and will not be available until closer to the fall growing season. If you have pre-purchased your tree(s), you will receive priority in fulfillment of orders. The demands on this tree are high and the supplies are low. You can pre-order your tree(s) now and as soon as the trees are released by the growers and conditions are favorable for planting in your area, we will ship your tree(s).We will check with you to make sure it is a convenient time for you to receive your tree(s).
You can choose to wait to place your order once we begin to receive trees from the growers, but all of the customers that have placed their orders now will, of course, receive priority. We wish we could serve every customer, but we have no way of knowing if there will be any trees left to sell after all our pre-orders are fulfilled.
Thank you from Leaves and Petals!
Yes, an evergreen dogwood! But what’s even more admirable about this small, highly ornamental tree (Cornus angustata) is the really long bloom season. It typically starts in mid-May, and the blooms may last until early July. They are small, like a Kousa dogwood, but they make up for size with their numbers. And blooming at a time when few other trees are blooming. The graceful, yet vigorous branches are weighed down with blooms. Up to 150 white blooms in one branch!
Not only does it have an exceptional bloom count, but equally beautiful fruit and unheard of garden vigor. Glossy, leathery bright green leaves average 3 inches long and an inch wide persist through the winter months, then slough off after the new growth emerges in spring.
The 1 1/2 inch blooms are fantastic. They open a lime green color and mature to a beautiful creamy white. The blooms are crowded so densely along the branches that an Empress of China in full bloom will stop passers-by. Once the blooms drop, the pretty fruit will attract songbirds into the garden for a late summer and fall feast.
Empress of China can take the heat and humidity of the deep South yet be just as happy in Maryland. It prefers partial shade, but if you give it too much the flowering will suffer a bit. We recommend that you plant the tree in a part of your garden that does not receive the intense afternoon sun.
This is one of the most prolific blooming dogwoods we have ever seen, and it starts blooming at an early age. Although we cannot guarantee it, our larger 3 and 5 gallon size plants have been known to bloom their first season.
Like the native dogwood, C. angustata requires acidic and well-drained soils.
In short supply and difficult to find, this is a dogwood that will not disappoint.
|Key Features||Creamy white blooms in early summer|
|USDA Zones||Hardy to USDA zones 6-9|
|Exposure||Shade to part sun|
|Dimension||15-18'H x 13-15'W|
|Water||Water as needed|
|Soil Type||Well-drained garden soil|
|Empress of China laden with flowers. A Must Have tree!|