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Cornus kousa 'China Girl' | Dogwood 'China Girl' - 3lt

Cornus kousa 'China Girl' | Dogwood 'China Girl' - 3lt

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Cornus kousa 'Schmetterling,' commonly known as the Butterfly Chinese Dogwood, is a remarkable ornamental shrub that graces UK gardens with its exquisite beauty. This cultivar, a member of the dogwood family, is celebrated for its striking appearance and unique features, making it a cherished addition to any British garden.

In the UK, 'Schmetterling' typically reaches a height of 15 to 20 feet and forms an elegant, vase-shaped canopy. Its deciduous foliage, which emerges in spring, showcases rich green leaves that evolve into a fiery display of autumnal hues. As the season progresses, the leaves transform into vivid shades of red, orange, and purple, creating a magnificent spectacle.

The main attraction of 'Schmetterling' lies in its enchanting blossoms. In late spring to early summer, this cultivar produces an abundance of large, creamy white flowers with distinct pointed petals, resembling fluttering butterflies. These blooms are borne in clusters and serve as a focal point in the garden, attracting admiration from all who behold them.

After the flowering display, 'Schmetterling' further delights with the emergence of eye-catching, raspberry-like fruits. These fruits, while not typically consumed by humans, are a valuable food source for birds and local wildlife, adding ecological significance to the garden.

This cultivar's adaptability and resilience make it well-suited to the UK's diverse climates. It thrives in well-drained soil and prefers a sunny to partially shaded location, making it a versatile choice for various garden settings. Moreover, it exhibits strong resistance to common dogwood diseases, ensuring its longevity and vigour in British gardens.

Cornus kousa 'Schmetterling' is an ideal selection for landscaping purposes across the UK. Its graceful stature, stunning blossoms, and autumnal colour transformation make it a cherished specimen plant, while its hardiness and low-maintenance requirements are appreciated by gardeners of all levels of expertise.

In conclusion, the Butterfly Chinese Dogwood, Cornus kousa 'Schmetterling,' brings a touch of elegance and natural beauty to UK gardens. Its striking appearance, seasonal transformations, and adaptability make it a beloved choice for garden enthusiasts seeking a resilient and visually captivating addition to their outdoor spaces.

  • Common Name

    kousa 'Schmetterling'

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Europe and western Asia

  • Flower

    Large white coloured petal-like bracts

  • Foliage

    dark green, ovate, pointed

  • Maturation period

    10 - 20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

2.5–4 m

Mature Width

2.5–4 m

Shape / habit

Small Spreading Tree

Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing or East–facing Full sun, Partial shade, Sheltered or Exposed

Soil Type

Chalk, Clay or Sand

Soil moisture

Moist but well–drained, Well–drained

Growing Period




spring - autumn



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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