Cornus kousa

Japanese Kousa Dogwood

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow, possibly medium in early stages of growth. Vase-shaped habit when young, forming a rounded appearance and distinct stratified branching pattern with age.
Mature Height - 20-30'
Mature Width - 20-30'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Flowers are small and greenish-yellow, held upright along stems. The showy parts are the 4 large, creamy-white, pointed bracts, lasting for about 6 weeks in early June. Individual bracts are 1-2" long and about 0.5-0.75" wide.
Fruit - Drupe, pinkish to red, August through October, resembling a raspberry in appearance. A tree in heavy fruit is very attractive.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Variable reddish purple to scarlet
Bark - Exfoliating with age and forming a mottled mosaic of gray, tan, and rich brown
Other Features - Vase-shaped, with age forming a rounded appearance with distinct stratified branching; very strong horizontal lines are evident in old age. This variety supposedly flowers more freely and produces larger flower bracts than the straight species.
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Strongly prefers an acid, well drained soil, requires relatively sunny location, drought tolerant
Native Habitat - Native to Japan, Korea, and China. Introduced 1875.
Diseases and Insects - None Serious
Strength - More drought resistant than C. florida.
Weakness -

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- Other plants with the common name Dogwood.
- Other plants of the family Cornaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Cornus.
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