Cornus capitata is also known as Benthamidia fragifera, Benthamidia capitata, Headed-flowered Dogwood, Himalayan Evergreen Dogwood, Bentham’s cornel, or Himalayan Strawberry-tree. It is native to the Himalayas in China and India. It usually grows at lower elevations. It is part of the Cornaceae family of plants. Cornus capitata is an evergreen tree. It grows to about 12m or 40ft tall. The foliage is gray-green and fuzzy.
Cornus capitata flowers in the summer. Flowers in clusters surrounded by creamy-white bracts. The flowers are followed by fruit. The fruit looks like strawberries hanging from the tree. Grow Cornus capitata in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich, fertile but well-drained soil. It tolerates most soils.
Propagate Cornus capitata by seed after stratifying or by semi-hardwood cuttings. Cornus capitata is generally pest-free but watch out for cornus anthracnose.
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