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Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Purple and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

eastern flowering dogwood 'Cherokee Chief'

Family

Cornaceae


Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Many have fine autumn colour

'Cherokee Chief' is a large deciduous shrub to 6m, with ovate leaves and red and purple autumn colour. Flower-heads to 10cm in width, with four notched, deep rose-red bracts in late spring

Synonym(s)

  • Cornus florida 'Royal Red'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free but can get horse chestnut scale

Diseases

May suffer from cornus anthracnose diseases