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C O M M O N  N A M E: Kousa Dogwood, Korean Dogwood
F A M I L Y: Cornaecea
H A B I T:  Deciduous tree
O R I G I N:  China, Korea, Japan
Z O N E :  5 to 8   
H E I G H T: 15 to 30 feet on average 
S U N :  Full sun to partial shade
S O I L : Clay, loam, moist, well-drained

T A G S :  showy, multi-season interest, mottled bark, multi-stemmed, edible fruit, bird-friendly, deer resistant

 

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Flowers are ornamentally significant. Star-shaped, flattened and white, they blossom in early spring, and consist of four bracts with a rounded, greenish-yellow center of additional tiny beaded flowers.

Foliage is oppositely arranged, broad and elliptic, 2 to 4 inches in length, a rich shade of green.

Fruit is globose, fleshy and red and somewhat resembles raspberries because of its bumpy exterior.

C A R E

It is adaptable to dry and compacted soils but should be irrigated in the summer months to prevent leaf scorch. It also has no serious disease or pest problems. 

L A N D S C A P E   V A L U E

Holds up great in New England states. It provides ample shade to areas in the summer months because of its rounded, filled-in canopy. In fall, the leaves turn striking shades of red, purple and crimson while the tree remains hardy into the winter months. Great for woodland gardens, as a specimen, and in informal settings.