Cornus elliptica 'Elsbry' (Empress of China™)

Empress of China™ Evergreen Dogwood




Patents: PP#14537

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Parent: Cornus elliptica

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 18' tall x 15' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade


More vigorous growth rate than many dogwoods, 6" a year when young but up to 14" a year when 10 years old. Typically multi-stemmed and vase shaped when young, becoming more rounded and spreading with age. Best if protected from afternoon sun but flowering best in full sun. Flowers in late May. The flowers are long-lasting and start when the plant is young. Red berries in autumn.


Discovered by John Elsley in Greenwood, SC as a two to three year old seedling in a cultivated area at his nursery in 1993. Patent application filed in 2002.

Often sold as Cornus kousa var. angustata or Cornus angustata.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at McCorkles in September 2011 and planted it in the Five Trees Garden.

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