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Care of the plant Cornus capitata or Evergreen dogwood.

Care of the tree Cornus capitata or Evergreen dogwood

The genus Cornus, family Cornaceae, includes 40 species of deciduous shrubs and trees native to temperate and cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Cornus capitata, Cornus alba, Cornus sanguinea, Cornus kousa, Cornus florida, Cornus mas, Cornus alternifolia.

Common names: Himalayan flowering dogwood, Evergreen dogwood, Bentham's cornel care. This species is native to the Himalayas.

They are evergreen trees that reach 12 meters (39.37 feet) in height. The leaves are elliptical, up to 12 cm (4.72") long, hairy and deep green in color. The inflorescences have large cream-colored bracts with small greenish flowers in the center. They bloom in early summer. The red fruits are shaped like strawberries and are very decorative.

They are used as isolated specimens in medium and small gardens or in bushy groups. They are recommended plants for temperate climates with not very hot summers.

Cornus capitata can be grown in semi-shade or full sun exposure. In Mediterranean climates it is better not to expose them to the midday sun. They resist frost well.

They need a well-drained soil that contains organic matter to retain moisture.

Water frequently (never water) so that the substrate does not dry out completely. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with compost in the fall.

Prune very lightly after flowering.

They do not usually have pest and disease problems; the dangers to these plants are overwatering and drought.

They propagate by seeds sown in the seedbed in autumn or spring or by cuttings in summer.

Images of the tree Cornus capitata or Evergreen dogwood

Cornus capitata
Cornus capitata
Cornus capitata