Chinese Dogwood in Flower

Tilgate has the tallest Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa chinensis) in the country which makes it one of the park’s seven champion trees.

The tree is in full flower in June and our photographs show what a beautiful sight it is.

The flowers all stand upright giving a layered effect and are made up of 4 ‘petals’ which are in fact modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers are the small bits in the centre of these bracts.

These trees are also renowned for their autumn colour when the leaves turn a rich orange and red.

Another name for the tree is strawberry dogwood because the fruit look like strawberries and are meant to be edible although no one at Tilgate has tried eating one.

To find out more about the park’s champion trees follow this link: Champion trees

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