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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

CORNUS elliptica 'Empress of China'

Commonly known as Dogwood


(syn. 'Elsbry') - graceful evergreen. Profuse, creamy white bracts
Further Reading....


  • Evergreen - light green, glossy leaves to 7.5cm (3in) long are shed as new growth begins
  • Height - 4.5-5.5m (15-18ft)
  • Spread - 4-4.5m (13-15ft)
  • Tall Shrub - flowers (bracts) 3cm (1½in) across
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - botanically similar to C. kousa
  • Pests & Diseases - anthracnose
  • Place of origin - China, Korea, Japan. Garden origin. USA. 1993. John Elsley, S. Carolina
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Oblong
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
  • Tolerates all
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical -
Cornus Coloured Stemmed Dogswoods - Growing Guide
4.5-5.5m (15-18ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4-4.5m (13-15ft)

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