General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 15 to 25 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects

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Common names
  • Kousa Dogwood
  • Japanese Dogwood
  • Dogwood
  • Kosa

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Location: Skillins Greenhouse, Falmouth, Maine
Date: 2023-06-30
Beautiful kousa
Location: Skillins Greehouse, Falmouth, Maine
Date: 2023-06-30
Beautiful
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
Date: 2023-12-07
Often mistaken for flowers, these bracts are a small sample on th
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2023-06-08
Cornus kousa 'Satomi'
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 29 April 2016
Several days after budbreak, a close look at a doogwood flower on
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-05-13
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2012-05-31
Likely C.kousa 'Satomi' but not 100% positive
Location: England
Date: May
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-04-21
Photo by dave
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-29
flowers with leaves
Location:  zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2020-07-11
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-02-10
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-05-29
tree in bloom, but hangs over sidewalk not good
Location: Winterthur Garden, Winterthur, Delaware 19735
Date: 2019-05-26
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-05-01
First blooms on 7-year-old tree
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 18 June 2016
Location: portland oregon
Date: 2022-04-06
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2010-10-19
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-10-31
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2020-03-27
In early spring, the red circle is the flower bud of Kousa Dogwoo
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-11-02
Young Kousa dogwood, fall color
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Location: Stoneham MA
Date: May 31, 2021
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-24
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-08-24
the large soft red multipe fruits
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: August 2014
messy fallen fruit on sidewalk
Location: Tyler Arboretum near Media, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-28
full-grown tree in red fall color
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 21 June 2016
Location: Whetstone Park of Roses, Columbus OH
Date: 2016-05-29
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2010-05-20
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Stoneham MA
Date: 2017-06-09
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-06-03
trunk and bark
Photo by LizinElizabeth
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: May 14, 2022
Kousa dogwood #41 nn; LHB page 757, 154-1-11, "From Latin for hor
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 18 April 2016
Looking  more like a dragon than a flower bud, kousa budbreak on
Location: Cape Cod - Van Rensselaer's Restaurant, Wellfleet 
Date: 2014-0911
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 2017-04-24
Budbreak on 24 April 2017.
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-22
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 27 May 2016
After four weeks, flower still retains color on 27 May 2016.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-20
Location: Franklin, N.C.
Date: 2014-05-26
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Cape Cod - Van Rensselaer's Restaurant, Wellfleet 
Date: 2014-0911
Location: Cape Cod - Van Rensselaer's Restaurant, Wellfleet 
Date: 2014-0911
Location: Whetstone Park of Roses, Columbus OH
Date: 2016-05-29
Location: Cape Cod - Van Rensselaer's Restaurant, Wellfleet 
Date: 2014-0911
Location: Cape Cod - Van Rensselaer's Restaurant, Wellfleet 
Date: 2014-0911
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-06-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: March 2015
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-21
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-11-12
Cornus kousa, 2017, Chinese [Dogwood], KORE-nus KOO-suh, 15x15 ft
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-11-12
Cornus kousa, 2017, Chinese [Dogwood], KORE-nus KOO-suh, 15x15 ft
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2020-03-27
In early spring, the red circle is the flower bud of Kousa Dogwoo
Photo by treehugger
Location:  
Date: 2006-06-08
A great bark for winter interest.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-17-15
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 2016-05-20
One of my dogwoods peaking on 20 May 2016.

photo credit: Slarson789

photo credit: Pancrat
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-22

photo credit: SB Johnny
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-09-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-9-15
Location: Southern Pines, NC
Date: May 14, 2022
Kousa dogwood #41 nn; LHB page 757, 154-1-11, "From Latin for hor
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 9, 2018 2:25 PM concerning plant:
    What is good about the Kousa Dogwood tree that is native to China, Japan, and Korea is that it has pretty, mottled, smooth bark; good red fall color; and pretty, white flowers with sharp-pointed petals that appear with the leaves in late May and June. What is bad about this species is that it bears lots of the large, soft, red, multiple-drupe fruits that make quite a mess on lawn or especially on paved surfaces. The only animal that I've seen feeding on the fruits, as they are rotting, are Yellowjackets. One woman told me she thought her squirrels ate some. The stiff branching habit of this bushy small tree is not nearly as nice as the sort of roller coaster branching of the American flowering Dogwood. This is commonly planted in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US. I've seen only a few specimens in the Chicago, IL area. There are several cultivars commonly available also.

    A new canker-leaf blight disease (Discula destructiva) was discovered in 1987 in the South that at first devastated many American Flowering Dogwoods in the 1990's and into the next century a little in the East US. It did not really affect the Kousa species; which probably means the disease came from East Asia. Everyone panicked and replaced many Flowering dogwoods with the Asian species. However, I am happy to say that there are still a large number of the American Flowering Dogwoods in southeast Pennsylvania in yards and some in the woods. I prefer the native species as it does provide beneficial insects and birds with food, the little red berries are fantastic for birds, and it looks better to me.
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