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Cornus kousa 'Akatsuki'

Cornus kousa 'Akatsuki'

Variegated Dogwood

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'Akatsuki' is a stunning cultivar of Korean Dogwood that ought to bear the nickname "Satomi Gone Wild". The long lasting flowers are varied shades of pink, and simply shine against a backdrop of beautifully variegated green and white foliage. This plant was discovered as a chance mutation,or "sport" on 'Satomi' . For best results, plant 'Akatsuki' in an area sheltered from strong afternoon sun.



Hardiness Zone:  Zone 5 to Zone 8
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Shade
Height: 3.6 m to 4.5 m
Spread: 3.6 m to 4.5 m
Soil Requirements: Organically rich acid to neutral  moist soils
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Use: Specimen tree, street tree, woodland gardens
Flower Colour & Shape: Four showy pointed whitish-pink bracts, surrounding a central boss of tiny greenish flowers. Bracts range in colour from light pink to deep pink, depending on cultural conditions. Pinkish red fruit in autumn
Foliage: Variegated ovate leaves green near midrib,  with broad white edges and wavy margins. Leaves emerge blushed pink, and turn pink, red and purple in autumn
Benefits: Variegated foliage, deer resistant, attracts birds and butterflies

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