Horizontally spreading small specimen tree or large shrub covered with layers of 3–5" milky-white blossoms for up to six weeks in early summer. The pointed bracts give blossoms a starlike appearance followed by deep pink edible exotic fruit the size of ping-pong balls. Peel off the skin or simply squeeze it open and bite into the custardy pulp. The flesh is sweet, mild and reminds us of pawpaw. Tan, grey and faint orange exfoliating bark. Foliage emerges maroon in spring before turning green; scarlet-orange-yellow fall foliage.
Used up north as an alternative to the iconic southern dogwood tree, C. florida. Resistant to dogwood anthracnose and borer. Prefers light well-drained soils with an abundance of air and sun, but it’ll tolerate shade and damper areas. Very adaptable. Native to China and Japan. Z4. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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