The Empress of China Dogwood from the Southern Living Plant Collection is certain to bring a delicate elegance to any landscape! Creamy white blossoms emerge in early summer, and engulf nearly the entire tree. This breathtaking display is truly a sight to behold on a full grown plant, and will transform your landscape from Spring to Summer. Afterwards, the Empress of China’s blossoms develop into translucent, strawberry-like fruit. This year-round interest reinforces the idea that there’s possibly no better specimen plant for a partial shade garden than the Empress of China Dogwood. For a truly remarkable display, try s
Unlike traditional dogwoods, the Empress of China Dogwood is evergreen and will retain its attractive light green leaves all year long! In addition, this dogwood features a vigorous growth habit that helps it achieve new heights in your landscape.
Empress of China Dogwood Care
This Dogwood grows in Zones 6-9. Additionally, once well-established, it should be able to withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend providing some winter protection for the first couple years. Young plants can still be damaged by particularly hard freezes and this will help to ensure their survival.
Plant the Empress of China in Full Sun to Part Shade, and in well-drained garden soil. For added soil fertility, mix in compost or composted manure. If planted in Full Sun, aim for morning sun and afternoon shade.
Water regularly until established, generally for the first 3 months after planting. This will help them develop deeper root systems, which is important for their success and well-being.
Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer to keep this plant growing and thriving. Organic gardeners should use a balanced organic fertilizer every two months or so starting in early spring.