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Kousa Dogwood | Plant Profile

Kousa Dogwood are small trees, but are sometimes considered as shrubs because of the ability to grow off of multiple stems. The dense foliage is particularly filled out while in bloom, as the numerous fluffy flowers resemble snow. The edible berries are attractive to birds and other small animals. Kousa Dogwood has many attractive features that create year-round interest.

Kousa Dogwood prefers rich soil with medium moisture in full sun to part shade. The soil should be well drained and regular waterings may be required during summer.

Kousa Dogwood is a variable option for any landscape. They are attractive enough to stand as a centerpiece among other ornamentals in small or large yards. They are small enough to be planted near structures and stunning enough to stand out in naturalized gardens.



Kousa Dogwood Characteristics

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a small ornamental tree that can be grown with a singular trunk or with multiple stems, resembling a shrub. Clusters of white flowers with green centers cover lay on the leaves in late spring. When in full bloom Kousa Dogwood appears to be covered in heavy snow with the collections of white flowers and downward sloping branches. The flowers give way to berry-like fruits. While edible, they are not considered to have culinary value. The leaves are dark green in the spring and summer, but turn attractive autumn colors come fall.

This is a particularly hardy variety of Dogwood with disease and pests. The most common issues is leaf scorch if left in a hot and dry area without enough water. Regular watering can help to prevent this.

Kousa Dogwood provides multi-season interest so is an ideal choice for an eye-catching centerpiece The unique snow-like flowers bloom in the spring. In summer, the edible fruits attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. In fall, the leaves become the star as they change to vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds. Winter brings exfoliating bark that drops off the tree, creating year-round interest.They can also be massed, aligned as borders, or left alone in naturalized areas.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
15.00 - 30.00
15.00 - 30.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?