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Galilean Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Galzam'

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Galilean Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Galzam') at Chalet Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Galilean' flowers

Cornus kousa 'Galilean' flowers

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

Galilean Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Galzam') at Chalet Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Galilean' in bloom

Cornus kousa 'Galilean' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

Height: 20 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4

Other Names: Kousa Dogwood

Description:

An absolute gem for the collector, with deep hunter green foliage all season long, showy white flowers in spring and a strongly horizontal habit of growth; requires rich, well-drained acidic soil, adequate precipitation and some shade

Ornamental Features:

Galilean Chinese Dogwood features showy clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves are ornamentally significant but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from early to mid fall. The peeling gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Galilean Chinese Dogwood is an open multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Galilean Chinese Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Plant Characteristics:

Galilean Chinese Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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