Evergreen Flowering Dogwood – Empress of China – Live Tree – 24-26 inches tall

December 11, 2019 - Comment

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Cornus ‘Elsbry’ Empress of China

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Cornus ‘Elsbry’ Empress of China – Evergreen DogwoodAverage Height: 15-18 feet tall, 12 feet wide Hardiness: Zones 6-9 Aspect: prefers light shade but we grow ours in lots of sun in Medford, Oregon and they do great with mulching Leaves: evergreen, rounded and often slightly cup shaped glossy leavesFruit: highly productive, pink to somewhat translucent, edible Growth Rate: fast, especially for an evergreen broadleaf which tend to grow slowOther Names: Empress of China will often be referred to as ‘Elsbry’. The species may also be listed as either C. kousa or C. angustataBreeder: John Elsley, PP14537 ‘Elsbry’ or Empress of Chinaâ„¢ is a hybrid Chinese Dogwood with evergreen leaves, highly prolific flowering, and translucent strawberry-like fruit late in the season. Unlike most evergreen plants which tend to grow slower, Empress of China Dogwood grows very quickly and makes an excellent small to medium sized tree. Still difficult to find in the nursery trade due to availability but these plants always draw quite a bit of attention in the spring when in full flower. The branches will be nearly completely covered in cream white blooms in mid spring for weeks, and then the fruit carry on the show in late summer and early fall. These plants grow well in the southern states if given some afternoon shade. Luckily, as one of the parent species of this hybrid is Cornus kousa, Empress of China is very disease resistant to many of the problems that plague dogwoods in the south. We have also found it to be more resistant to powdery mildew than other dogwoods, which we suspect is due to the tough and glossy leaves. Flowering Empress of China Dogwood Close up of the evergreen leaves on potted 5 gallon plants ready to ship. Flower buds developing in early spring above the evergreen foliageSource: Commons Flower buds developing in early spring above the evergreen foliageSource: CommonsThe one gallon size ready to shipHow Your Plants Are ShippedWoody and perennial plants are usually shipped by removing the plant from its container and washing the soil away. They are then bundled together and wrapped in wet paper and plastic to keep the roots moist but the tops dry to prevent rot. Plants that grow from tubers, rhizomes, crowns, and bulbs like Dahlias, Grasses, Ferns, Daylilies, and Peonies are often pruned back and sent padded in a bag full of sawdust. Typically these plants are available only for dormant shipping in late fall, winter, or early spring but a few species are available for summer shipping as well. After the roots are washed of soil, the bundles look like this. Pictured are 10 Giant Coast Redwood in the 1 gallon size. Late in the season, these plants are often 3 feet tall! In this picture, the roots are 8 inches long. The bundle of plants is wrapped in paper to pad the roots from damage and keep them moist. For large plants, paper shreds are added to fill in gaps in the larger root structure. The bundles are soaked in water and then bagged. The top of the bag is taped shut and the tops of the plant are left dry. Your plants will be placed into tight fitting boxes to prevent the plants from shifting around during transit. They will also be secured to the bottom of the box with a piece of tape. Then they are ready to go!Bamboo Plants Are Shipped In Their Container – Will be sent either UPS or USPS depending on plant sizesPlants that are shipped in their containers have their container wrapped in plastic to keep the soil from falling away and are then strapped to the bottom of the box. This prevents the plants from moving around even if the boxes are dropped or turned upside down. One gallon bamboo plants boxed, strapped, and ready to be sealed. Our most common boxes fit 8, 12, and 17 plants tight and snug. Smaller boxes also fit one or two plants tight and snug.Bamboo plants are shipped in their container because they don’t like root disturbance and bare root shipping would cause a lot of damage. Most other plants do just fine with bare root shipping because their roots are more flexible and less likely to break during transit. Small sized plants, usually in one and two gallon containers, can be shipped during the active growing season while larger plants are delayed until they are dormant in the fall and are shipped until spring.Plant GuaranteeWe have many years of experience shipping plants and have fine-tuned our methods to ensure the highest success, but shipping anything across the county has challenges and this is especially true for plants. If any of your plants arrive damaged please contact us for replacements. Be sure to keep the original packaging as the it might need to be inspected by the Post Office.

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