Cornus kousa (multi-stem)

Kousa Dogwood

An excellent encore for our native dogwood, the Kousa show is nearly as dramatic and draws attention during the relatively quiet season of early summer. Clean white blooms are foiled atop the dark green foliage, eventually producing red strawberry-like fruit that is both ornamental and tasty in the early autumn. Through the winter months, Kousa may lack some of the amazing grace unique to our horizontally layered native dogwood, but makes a competitive bid for winter interest with colorful and textured exfoliating bark covering the trunks and scaffolding.

Category: Small flowering tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 6 to 8
Foliage: Dark blue-green
Fall Color: Reddish-purple to scarlet and fall fruit color is an eye-catcher
Flower: Creamy white bracts borne in June and raised above the foliage
Fruit: Small strawberry like fruit are a favorite of songbirds
Bark: Mottled mosaic of gray, tan and rich brown
Texture: Medium in leaf, fine in winter
Shape: Spreading-rounded
Mature Size: 20-25’ tall by 20-25’ wide
Growth Rate: Medium
Adaptability: Prefers moist, well-drained acid soil; heat tolerant
Native Habitat: Japan and Korea