Akatsuki Dogwood

Variegated in Flower and Foliage!
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A sport of the popular 'Satomi'

Each season brings new beauty to Akatsuki, a C. kousa cultivar whose name means "red moon." This slow-growing, delightful little Dogwood charms with variegated foliage, bicolor blooms, and rich fall foliage -- all on a neat vase-shaped habit! If you're looking for the perfect specimen for sun to part shade, you have just found it!

In spring, the new leaves unfurl bright green with wide, irregular white margins. Very showy, they keep this variegation right through summer and fall, though the colors change!

By late spring, the blooms are beginning to open. Very large and white, they sport big reddish-pink spots and blotches, giving them an all-over pink cast from a distance Akatsuki is super-floriferous, so expect blooms everywhere on this vase-shaped little tree!

The flowers continue into early summer, and as the weather warms up, the white edges of the foliage begin to sport washes of pink, as if they're getting a bit of a sunburn! The color remains until fall, when it turns a rich shade of purple, creating amazing combinations on each leaf: mauve and violet, rose and lavender, plum and midnight-purple! Stunning!

Akatsuki reaches only 8 to 10 feet high and wide after a decade's growth. It thrives in full sun in the north, partial shade farther south and west, and can tolerate quite a bit of shade without losing vigor or bloom strength. Very content in heavy clay soil and tolerant of heat, humidity, and dry conditions, it is an especially easy tree to love. And no garden presence is more beautiful from spring through fall!

This tree was introduced by Japanese plantsman Akiri Shibamichi, and is a sport of the popular 'Satomi.' Welcome it into the garden this season, and enjoy it for decades to come! Zones 5-8.

Genus Cornus
Species kousa
Variety 'Akatsuki'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 5 - 8
Bloom Season Early Spring - Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 8 ft - 10 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Free Bloomer, Variegated
Bloom Color Multi-Color, Pink, Rose, White
Foliage Color Medium Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated, White
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.

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