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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.


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.