Native to the Far East, Kousa Dogwood was introduced to the US in 1875 but has become popular only in recent years. Its size and flowering are comparable to Cornus florida, although its white bracts are pointed rather than rounded and do not appear until late spring, well after leafing out.
Cornus kousa produces green drupes that ripen to pinkish red in late summer and early fall. The fruits are edible but bland. They can be attractive for many weeks, although birds commonly eat them shortly after they ripen. Best grown as a specimen tree. Does not tolerate hard pruning.
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Photos courtesy of Toms Creek Nursery in Denton, NC
20' - 30'
12' - 15'
Rounded with Arching Branches
Primary Foliage Color
Seasonal Foliage Color
Burgundy to Red
Drupes: Pinkish to Red
Average: Prepare planting area for adequate drainage. Poor drainage results in root rot.