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Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Kousa Dogwood

Kousa Dogwood

A most elegant tree with four-season interest. Much more sun tolerant, and hardier than the native dogwood, Cornus florida. Very resistant to Discula,the organism that causes dogwood anthracnose and also to Dogwood borers. Makes a wonderful specimen tree and also works well in groupings or borders.

Size: 20 to 30 feet high and wide at maturity

Shape: Stiffly upright and vase shaped in youth, developing into a rounded, broad spreading crown with distinct horizontal branching when mature

Flowers: Creamy white 2-4\" wide, open two to three weeks later than the Eastern Dogwood, usually in late May-early June. Flowers last for about six weeks and are followed by raspberry-like fruits in late August through October. Birds are partial to the fruit

Fall Color: Variable, usually deep red to burgundy. Can be spectacular some years, or less vivid in others

Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate

Other Attributes: With age, the bark exfoliates and develops a multicolored appearance which is very attractive

Growing Conditions: Prefers slightly acid, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Will still flower well in light to moderate shade.

Other / Related Varieties:

Satomi Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Satomi') Similar in habit to the species having larger flat cupped flowers of variable shades of pink, but generally dark pink to rose pink.

Stellar Pink Dogwood (Cornus kousa x Cornus florida) More vigorous and upright in habit than the species with soft pink flowers (which occasionally can take on a faded pink to white cast depending on seasonal growing conditions)

Prices vary according to size, variety, and availability.


Please Note: Trees cannot be shipped outside of the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan areas. Tree prices and sizes are subject to change.

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