Chinese Kousa Dogwood(Cornus kousa chinensis) 20 Seeds

Regular price $ 6.25

ZONES 5-8

All pH's, moist, sun and semi shade. 

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility, ranging from acid to basic.  There are some reports extremely basic soil isn't it's favorite.  

Tropical tasting fruit in a temperate climate. The primary edible part of the Kousa Dogwood is its red berries which are usually produced in abundance in late summer. The taste is very good.  The fruits are about the size of a strawberry but round. The problem is there are usually a lot of seeds inside the fruit so you often don’t get as much of the edible part as you want. Good thing the trees usually have a lot of fruits. Selecting the best, ripest fruits makes a big difference as far as taste and texture goes. The fruit should be bright red and slightly squishy or soft to the touch. If it is hard then it’s filled with more starch then sugar and doesn’t taste nearly as good. The best way to eat Kousa Dogwood fruit is pull off the stem and suck the pulp right out, then spit out the seeds. It’s a great shot of flavor. The skin is edible but rough and grainy, so it’s usually best to avoid eating that part. The fruit is often used in pies and jelly. The young leaves are also edible when cooked 

How to grow: Stored seed should be soaked for 48 hours then placed in a zip-lock bag with vermiculite or potting soil to maintain moisture.  Place in refrigerator 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year.  Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow. Plant in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings of cold-frame sown seeds into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow the plants on for their first winter in a greenhouse, planting out in the spring after the last expected frosts.