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Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb'

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Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb') at Chalet Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb' in bloom

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of Everett's Landscape)

Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb') at Chalet Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb' flowers

Cornus kousa 'Heart Throb' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4

Other Names: Kousa Dogwood


A magnificent flowering dogwood with rich pink flower bracts that last one to two months, much longer than other varieties, the deep pink hue is uncommon in this species; forms a small tree, ideal as an accent in the landscape

Ornamental Features:

Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood features showy clusters of rose flowers with hot pink bracts held atop the branches from mid to late spring. It has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding dark red in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent pink berries from early to mid fall. The peeling gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood is a 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.

Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Plant Characteristics:

Heart Throb Chinese Dogwood will grow to be about 15 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent Garden
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Plant Form Bark Winter Value Attracts Wildlife
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