WEST HILL BLOG No. 26 Moving the Cornus kousa ...

Contrary to popular belief, winter months are often the busiest times in the garden, when plants are dormant they can be moved & pruned. January, however can be a hard month to garden; short days, low light levels, cold temperatures, icy winds and in the case of this year very wet.  With rainfall on almost every day progress outside was slower than hoped, however taking advantage of the handful of dry days, a number of shrubs were moved including the rather special Cornus kousa

Challenging ground conditions in January ...


This is the story of moving one (Cornus kousa) which is generally considered a woodlander, and requires a large space. Potentially it in the right conditions it can grow to 8m and in the summer put on a show of white flowers, followed by strawberry - like fruits in the autumn.

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Moving the Cornus was necessary as its current location was too squashed & would look better in a more natural woodlandy site.

Moving it was a challenge because of the size & weight of the rootball ...




The final resting place in the woodland corridor (soon to be under- planted with perennials)






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