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.