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Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Tree

Flowering Chinese Dogwood Trees
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  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Cornus kousa 'China Girl' produces a mass of creamy yellow tinted bracts in June, later than Cornus florida varieties and after most spring flowering trees have finished. The oval foliage is dark-green, turning striking shades of orange and red in the autumn.  Small pink fruits that have a similar appearance to strawberries also adorn the branches in the autumn.

Growing to just 4 x 3 metres in 20 years, this Chinese Dogwood variety is a lovely small garden tree with an attractive spreading shape. 'China Girl' will serve well in any sunny position in the garden given well-drained soil.

AKA Chinese dogwood, Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'China Girl'

  • Common name: Chinese dogwood tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 4 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark-green oval leaves, turning orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most well-drained soils except strongly alkaline soil

Planting Cornus kousa China Girl Trees

Our pot grown China Girl Dogwood trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and roughly 1.5x as wide. To help the plant establish, sprinkle Mycorrhizal Fungi in the hole.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently, making sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. For further information, visit our help and advice section.

Aftercare Advice for Cornus kousa China Girl Trees

If you’re planting China Girl Dogwood in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Take care to water the soil, not the leaves which can lead to scorching - irrigation kits make this easier. Increase watering in extended periods of hot or dry weather, but avoid over watering as Dogwood does not like wet soil. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons. Don't mulch around the base of Chinese Dogwood with bark.

Pruning Advice for Cornus kousa China Girl Trees

Most Chinese Dogwood trees naturally grow into an appealing dome-shape, so the only pruning required is to remove any damaged or diseased branches. The only time to hard prune a Dogwood tree is to control the overall size or internal canopy or if there is not enough light reaching the inner branches.

To help ease these issues, cut off any crossing or over-crowding branches then continue to remove any secondary branches throughout the canopy. Only prune in the dormant season and never in spring. Pruning during spring can create entry points in the wood for insects which may lead to disease.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 100-120cm Root type: 10L pot Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 100-120cm 10L pot £64.99 (ex VAT)
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Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Cornus kousa 'China Girl' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £64.99 (ex VAT)
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