Plant of the month – June 2016

Cornus kousa ‘Cappuccino’

‘Cappuccino’ preferred ...

Cornus kousa ‘Cappuccino’ is always a special highlight thanks to its solitary characteristics. The mother plant was discovered around 1995 in the Rhododendron Park Gistede of the Joh. Bruns nursery. This by chance discovery quickly attracted attention with its unusual reddish mahogany foliage. ‘Cappuccino’ is very distinctive especially in summer thanks to this particular foliage. The striking foliage is particularly pronounced in sunny locations. It is likely to be a Hybrid of Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’, a Japanese variety whose bracts are pink coloured and Cornus kousa ‘Wieting's Selekt’ with white bracts which have a pink tinge.

When the bracts of Cornus kousa ‘Cappuccino’ unfold in June, the play of colours from creamy pink to pink to creamy white beings. The colour combination of foliage and bracts makes this exclusive variety from Bruns virtually one of a kind. Early autumn features another “eyecatcher” when the fruit along with a red autumn colouring of the leaves show themselves.

Cornus kousa ‘Cappuccino has now spread rapidly across Europe as a “novelty”.

It is among one of the best varieties in Germany and abroad. The mother plant is still in the Rhododendron Park of the Joh. Bruns nursery in Gristede. In 10 years, ‘Cappuccino’ reaches a height and width of 3 to 3.5 m. The colour of the bracts during full bloom are a bright creamy white, similar to the foam of a cappuccino, hence the name.

This unique variety is particularly suitable as a solitary specimen but also makes a striking impression in a container.