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Cornus macrophylla - Wall.
Common Name Large-Leaf Dogwood
Family Cornaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodlands, 1200 - 1800 metres in W. China[109]. Slopes, by streams, dense forests, mixed woods and margins of woods from sea level to 3600 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Cornus macrophylla Large-Leaf Dogwood

Cornus macrophylla Large-Leaf Dogwood
Physical Characteristics
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Cornus macrophylla is a deciduous Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 10 m (32ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

C. brachypoda. Swida macrophylla.

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 105, 146, 158, 200, 218]. The fruit is about 6mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne;  Astringent;  Tonic.

Anodyne, astringent, tonic[178]. The wood is anodyne and a uterosedative[218]. The stem bark is used in the treatment of dysentery[218].
Other Uses
Charcoal;  Wood.

Wood - hard, close grained, warps badly[158]. It makes a good charcoal[146, 158].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil of good or moderate fertility[1], ranging from acid to shallow chalk[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun or light shade[[188]. A very ornamental tree[1]. There is some confusion between this species and C. controversa[11]. Plants usually fruit heavily in Britain[11]. The flowers have a soft sweet perfume[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame or in an outdoors seedbed if there is sufficient seed[80, 113]. The seed must be separated from the fruit flesh since this contains germination inhibitors[80, 164]. Stored seed should be cold stratified for 3 - 4 months and sown as early as possible in the year[164]. Scarification may also help as may a period of warm stratification before the cold stratification[80, 164]. Germination, especially of stored seed, can be very slow, taking 18 months or more[164]. 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. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, July/August in a frame[188]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, taken with a heel if possible, autumn in a cold frame. High percentage[78]. Layering of new growth in June/July. Takes 9 months[78].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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