A small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. Young trees have an upright, vase-shape habit, becoming more widely rounded with age. White flower “petals” are actually bracts which surround the center cluster of insignificant, yellowish-green, true flowers. Flowers are followed by berry-like fruits which age to a pinkish red in summer and persist into fall. Dark green leaves turn reddish-purple to scarlet in autumn. Mottled, exfoliating, tan and gray bark on mature trees is attractive in winter. Attracts birds.
C. kousa has better disease resistance and better cold hardiness than flowering dogwood, C. florida, as well as flowering a month later than the native tree. Leaf scorch may occur in full sun. Grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12″ to 24″ per year.
Height: 15-30 ft.
Spread: 15-30 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
According to Rutgers University, Cornus kousa are “seldom severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Henryhartley
This is a Proven Winners plant.