Cornus kousa 'Milky Way' (Flowering dogwood)
Position: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well drained but moist soil, acid or neutral. Avoid chalky soil
Rate of growth: Around 10- 20cm per year
Flowers: Masses of starry cream-white flower heads with four pointed, petal like bracts in spring
Fruit: Abundant, large red strawberry-like fruits in late summer: edible but unpalatable
A fine, sturdy and vigorous flowering dogwood of great appeal for many months of the year. It forms an elegant shrub or small tree, leafing up in spring and flowering in early summer, when it produces magnificent displays of bloom. The upright, starry flowerheads crowd the tops of the branches for a couple of weeks. They are flower-like in form with four pointed, petal-like cream bracts. With this flowering dogwood selection, they are especially prolific, showing up well against the rather dark green foliage. Showy strawberry-like fruits may follow. Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Milky Way’ has purple then orange foliage tints in autumn.