cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood

Considered the “ultimate garden tree,” the Kousa Dogwood cobines breathtaking beauty with all the great qualities of smaller trees.

$700

  • Tolerates: Moderate Drought Tolerance
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Spread (Min): 12
  • Spread (Max): 20
  • Height (Min): 12
  • Height (Max): 20

About

There are few trees that rival the Kousa Dogwood in flowering time, adaptability, and beauty. It is renowned as the “ultimate garden tree” because it is a combination of all the best qualities of smaller trees and is a breathtaking statement in any garden or property.

The Kousa Dogwood matures to a size between 15 and 20 feet tall and at least the same wide. It flowers between 2 or 3 weeks later than the traditional American dogwood with large, pink blooms. In late summer and fall, strawberry-like fruits hang from the branches. Then in fall the branches are covered by the rich colors of orange, gold, and red.

  • Exceptional blooming in early to mid-summer
  • Great pink flowers covering the branches
  • Brilliant reds, oranges, and golds colors in the fall
  • Less hassle to grow than the American dogwood
  • Strawberry-like fruits in fall

Appearance: The Kousa Dogwood begins with a single skinny and twisty trunk and soon grows its multiple branches. These branches allow the tree to expand into a broad vase-shape. Blooms, fruit, and changing leaves keep its colors vivid in every season.

Planting Location: Kousa Dogwoods flourish in soils rich with organic materials. Full sun is viable as long as the soil is kept moist. If planted in a hotter zone, the Kousa Dogwood should be placed in a location with afternoon shade.

Hardiness: It grows the best in areas that do not suffer long periods of dry heat: the northeast, the northwest, and the southeast. Additionally, the Kousa Dogwood is resistant to anthracnose which exterminated much of the dogwood population in parts of the country. Deer rarely mess with Kousa Dogwoods as well.

The Kousa Dogwood matures to a size between 15 and 20 feet tall and at least the same wide. It flowers between 2 or 3 weeks later than the traditional American dogwood with large, pink blooms. In late summer and fall, strawberry-like fruits hang from the branches. Then in fall the branches are covered by the rich colors of orange, gold, and red.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
  • Mature Width: 12 – 20
  • Mature Height: 12 – 20
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-drained soil
  • Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate Drought Tolerance

The Kousa Dogwood is a beautiful tree to watch mature. It begins with a single skinny and twisty trunk and soon grows its multiple branches. These branches allow the tree to expand into a broad vase-shape that is even fuller than you could dream for! Its main trunks and limbs have bark that sheds in patches revealing a pattern of tans and dark oranges.

The shade of the Kousa Dogwood’s bloom is determined by the climate and soil conditions in which it is planted. Cooler areas with heavily moisturized soil will encourage dark pink and warmer temperatures with drier soil will produce a lighter pink bloom.

This beautiful tree was first observed in the United States in 1875. The Kousa Dogwood, or ‘Miss Satomi’, was named after the granddaughter of the Japanese nurseryman who originally discovered the plant.