Dogwood, Kousa/Japanese Cornus kousa
This handsome small tree adds year-round beauty. White flowers in May and June give a milky way effect; purple and scarlet fall leaves add intense color. Beautiful tree form, with horizontal branching. Partial shade to full sun. Grows to 15' - 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-8)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 5 - 8The Kousa/Japanese Dogwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeFlowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
Mature HeightThe Kousa/Japanese Dogwood grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Kousa/Japanese Dogwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
SunThis dogwood does well in full sun, partial shade.
SoilThe Kousa/Japanese Dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
ShapeThis dogwood has rounded shape.
An outstanding landscape tree that provides beauty all year round. Can be planted near buildings or walls or near utility lines. More cold hardy and disease resistant than its cousin, the flowering Dogwood.
This handsome small tree adds year-round beauty. White flowers in May and June give a milky way effect; purple and scarlet fall leaves add intense color. Beautiful tree form, with horizontal branching. Partial shade to full sun. Grows to 15' - 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-8)
Kousa Dogwood seeds are eaten by squirrels and birds.
Native to Japan, Korea and China, with the first scientific observations in the United States recorded in 1875.
Average moisture, somewhat drought resistant.
This tree's leaves are opposite, elliptic-ovate, 2-4" long, and dark green.
This tree produces a drupe, pinkish red to red. Attractive food for songbirds.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.