The Empress of China Dogwood from the Southern Living Plant Collection is guaranteed 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. Afterward, the Empress of China’s blossoms develop into translucent, strawberry-like fruit (inedible). This year-round interest means that there’s possibly no better specimen plant for a partial shade garden.
Unlike traditional dogwoods, this selection is evergreen and retains 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.
This variety works best as a specimen or a privacy screen due to its large size. It reaches 15-18′ H x 13-15′ W at maturity.
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 of 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.
We don’t recommend trimming this plant. It will cause it to bush out instead of growing up.
This is a very wide plant at maturity, so be sure to give it room to grow. We recommend spacing them at least 6-9 feet apart if you’re looking for intertwined foliage. If you want space between your plants, try planting them over 15 feet apart.
We understand that you’re putting faith in us to choose and ship a quality plant to your door and we take this job seriously. We carefully select healthy specimens that are well-established in their pots and ready to thrive in your landscape. Let us know if you’re not happy with your Empress of China Dogwood and we’ll do whatever we can to fix it.