Cornus capitata, Benthamia fragifera, Dendrobenthamia capitata, Himalayan Strawberry tree, Ewergreen Dogwood, Bentham's Cornus

Cornus capitata, Benthamia fragifera, Dendrobenthamia capitata

Himalayan Strawberry tree, Ewergreen Dogwood, Bentham's Cornus
Family: Cornaceae
Origin: China to the Himalayas
Plant used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is also used as an ingredient in food and beverages.

Those who live near the Himalayas know to look out for Cornus capitata. Called Himalayan Strawberry Tree, this pack power-packed in a small package. It reaches 10-20 ft in height, making it beautiful option for bonsai. It thrives in full sun and semi-shade and prefers regular water, but no waterlogging. This evergreen tree attracts pollinators with its bright yellow and orange flowers. Once mature, the plant can even tolerate short period of freezing temperatures - thirty degrees F or less typically in USDA Planting Zones 9-11.

The real charm of Cornus capitata is the fruit it produces in the early summer. These red fruits have a taste reminiscent of strawberry and are edible, but they ripen quickly and once they fall off, they are difficult to find. This small fruits can sometimes be quite fruitful and produce an abundance of fruits. Besides being sweet and tasty, the fruits of Cornus capitata are nutrient dense, full of fiber, Vitamin C and other antioxidants. They are used as a food and beverage ingredient, adding flavor and nutrition.

When it comes to care, Cornus capitata can be grown in pots even in cold winters, although some measures may be taken to ensure its survival. A balcony or terrace is the ideal place for growth and wintry protection. Adding a layer of mulch around the pot helps preventing soil from freezing, and covering it with a fabric sheeting on particularly cold days can keep this plant stay healthy and happy for many years to come.

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