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Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood

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Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Little Poncho’)A spectacular specimen tree for smaller home landscapes, with showy white flowers held on top of the branches in spring; has a compact, dwarf habit; requires rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate precipitation



Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
Little Poncho
Flower Color:
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Maximum Moisture:
Plant Form:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
Other Species Names:
Kousa Dogwood
Flower Eye Color:

Ornamental Features

Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood features showy clusters of creamy white flowers with olive green eyes held atop the branches in early summer. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries with orange overtones from early to mid fall. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy pointy leaves turn outstanding shades of red and scarlet in the fall. The peeling gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Little Poncho Chinese Dogwood is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.