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Cornus elliptica /Evergreen Flowering Dogwood

Cornus elliptica  / Cornus elliptica
Tree in full bloom in southeast Louisiana in late May and early June in Zone 8
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Tree in full bloom in southeast Louisiana in late May and early June in Zone 8

Exquisite autumn color and spring flower buds

This dogwood can be shrub-like in form for several years

Tree in bloom

Center flower with four white bracts

Close-up of flower with four bracts

Blooms in May and June


Fruit can be quite showy in late summer and autumn

Close-up of fruit

This specimen plant has grown very successfully in Baton Rouge for several years

Mature tree blooming in early summer

Clear white flower with four petals in mid-spring

Specimen blooming late May and early June.

Bountiful bloosoms in late spring.

Close-up of flowers

Late spring and early summer flowering specimen

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Scientific Name: Cornus elliptica
Common Name: Evergreen Flowering Dogwood
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Selected varieties evergreen, while seedings may be evergreen or deciduous. It looks very much like Cornus kousa with its white flowers and red fruit, but is adapted to much warmer climates. Relatively new plant for southern landscapes that is worthy of more use where a small flowering tree is needed.