We have this stunning specimen growing at the UW Botanic Garden's Center for Urban Horticulture and, each June, I stare in amazement at the glossy evergreen foliage blushed in deep red and bronze with a smattering of star-like bracts that cover almost the entire tree from top to bottom.
This tree has been referred to as:
C. capitata ssp. angustata
C. capitata var. angustata
Cornus kousa v. angustata
C. kousa v. angustifolia
Potential graduate work to sort all this out? Oh you betcha...
Now, there's a plant in commerce called 'Elsbry' trademarked EMPRESS OF CHINA. that was selected by John Elsley. While I secured a few plants, he's worried that we might not have the heat in the summer to get this plant blooming here in the Puget Sound area, but with our evergreen dogwood at UWBG, perhaps that's the one that we should be propagating and distributing to gardeners here.