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🌻 Plant Care Guide For Japanese Dogwood

Japanese Dogwood

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Botanical Name: Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Japanese Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Medium Water

Diffused Light

Toxic

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📚 Japanese Dogwood Care Guide

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💧️ Water - Medium Water
Moderate Water Needs
Japanese Dogwood requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Japanese Dogwood receives, you may need to water once a week.

Growing Indoors
If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Japanese Dogwood.

Pot selection is also important to keep your Japanese Dogwood from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepJapanese Dogwood from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.

Growing Outdoors
If you are growing Japanese Dogwood outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.

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☀️ Light - Diffused Light
Bright Indirect Light or Partial Sun
Japanese Dogwood can grow in bright indirect light which means it prefers at least 4-6 hours of diffused natural light (ideally 6 hours).
Growing Outdoors
When plants thrive in bright, indirect light only this means that you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unlessJapanese Dogwood is also explicitly noted to tolerate direct sunlight.

If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Japanese Dogwood in an area that receives morning sunlight that's not too harsh and afternoon shade for most natural light. You can consider East facing portions of your garden as those get more morning sun.
Growing Indoors
If growing indoors, you can place near an East-facing window that will receive morning sun for half of the day and afternoon shade. You can also consider placing a few feet away from a South-facing window for diffused light. However, be careful about placing in direct sunlight of a South-facing window as that can cause leaf gscorch and affect growth. You can always diffuse the harsh light of a South-facing window by using a sheer curtain.

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🐶️ Pet Toxicity - Toxic
Toxic To Pets

Japanese Dogwood is toxic to your pet friends. Becareful and keep out of reach of dogs, cats, and other pets.
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🌳 Mature Size
Up to roughly 15 to 20 Feet.

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🧪 Soil pH Needs
Acidic (Soil pH of 5.5-6.0)Slightly Acidic (Soil pH of 6-6.5)Neutral (Soil pH of 6.5-7.5)

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🦋 Japanese Dogwood Plant Uses and Characteristics
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🌺 When does Japanese Dogwood bloom?
Blooms from late Spring from early Summer.
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🌱 Propagation Methods
Grow From Seed | By Grafting | Through Budding |
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🚫 Dangers
Seeds of this plant are toxic. Certain parts of the plant are toxic when ingested.
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❤️‍🔥 Grows well in...
Reported by Neverland plant community to grow well in:
Illinois 2
Connecticut 2
Michigan 2
Kansas 1
Utah 1
New York 3
North Carolina 2
Ohio 3
Texas 1
Oregon 1
Mississippi 1
New Jersey 1
Pennsylvania 1
Wisconsin 1
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🌎 Hardiness Zone
Hardiness zones (or Grow Zones) are areas where Japanese Dogwood is able to grow outdoors year round.
If you are located outside of the specified grow zones, you will need to bring your plant indoors during cooler months if you are growing outside. We recommend growing in a container or indoors.


Zone 5A
-20 to -15 F
Zone 5B
-15 to -10 F
Zone 6A
-10 to -05 F
Zone 6B
-05 to 0 F
Zone 7A
0 to 5 F
Zone 7B
5 to 10 F
Zone 8A
10 to 15 F
Zone 8B
15 to 20 F
Zone 5A
Zone 5 offers mild climates and cool winters and warm summers. In this zone, the growing season generally lasts from late Spring to mid Fall.
First Frost:
First frost for Zone 5A is typically mid-October, but can extend into the first week of November.

Last Frost:
Last frost for Zone 5A is typically mid-May, but can extend into first week of June.
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