Cornus kousa 'BENIFUJI'

Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa 'BENIFUJI'
Japanese dogwood
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2.5-3.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-2.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Benifuji is a Japanese dogwood variety which in this case originated in Japan, near Mount Fuji. It was found among selected seedlings in Shinkyo Gotenba-shi nursery already in 1970, still, its patent was released only in 1994 (PP8,676).

Benifuji (or Beni Fuji) is a Japanese dogwood with the deepest pink purple bracts known to trade so far (2014). The colour depth even beats another old favourite Satomi whose bracts turn rich pink later after opening while Benifuji offers rich colour soon after the bracts unfold. They surround small spherical flower-heads which are followed by edible and quite tasty fruit in September when their skin softens and turns pink-red. Just make sure your black birds do not harvest them sooner.

Leaves are deciduous, ovate and wavy-margined, dark green, and turn brilliant shades of crimson and burgundy red with some gold hues in autumn. Benifuji is a slow grower forming a vase-shaped shrub or a small tree with dense branching. It is quite compact and requires little or no pruning, however, if you need to keep it smaller cut it soon after flowering.

Every dogwood likes acidic soil, rich in organic material, and always moist but well-drained soil. Some gardeners advise planting it in semi-shade to reduce summer sunlight but we do not recommend that. Plant it in full sun and mulch the roots well. In dry spells provide extra watering and thus you can be sure your dogwood will flower profusely and will be richer and healthier. Use of selective fertilizers supporting flowering and leaf colour is advised. Fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 09-09-2014.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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