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Dogwood, Kousa/Japanese Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood/Japanese Dogwood - Cornus kousa
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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)

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Zones 5 - 8 Zones 5 - 8
Hardiness Zones 5 - 8
The Kousa/Japanese Dogwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
15' - 25' High 15' - 25' High
Mature Height
The Kousa/Japanese Dogwood grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.
25' Spread 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Kousa/Japanese Dogwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth Slow to Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This dogwood does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Kousa/Japanese Dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This dogwood has rounded shape.
Attributes

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.

Description

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)

Wildlife Value

Kousa Dogwood seeds are eaten by squirrels and birds.

History/Lore/Use

Native to Japan, Korea and China, with the first scientific observations in the United States recorded in 1875.

Moisture

Average moisture, somewhat drought resistant.

Leaves

This tree's leaves are opposite, elliptic-ovate, 2-4" long, and dark green.

Flower Color

White flowers

Bloom Time

May-June

Fruit Description

This tree produces a drupe, pinkish red to red. Attractive food for songbirds.