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Cornus kousa

Abundant white flowers in June

Kousa dogwood is a wonderful small flowering tree, providing four seasons of interest in a garden. Kousa dogwood is vase-shaped when young; as it matures, its habit becomes horizontal. The "flower" of this plant, which blooms in mid-June, has four creamy-white pointed bracts, each about 1" to 2" long. The true flowers are located in the center of these bracts and are insignificant. Pinkish-red to red fruits ripen in late August and persist through October. This tree has attractive fall colors, with leaves ranging from purple to red and scarlet. It is an excellent specimen plant. 

Cornus kousa
Kousa dogwood
Family: Dogwood (Cornaceae)
Type: Small flowering tree

Mature Size:
15-25 feet

Shape:
horizontal
  Flower Color:
white
  Bloom Season:
March-April
May-June
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moist
  Zones:
5-8
attracts birds
Winter Interest
bark
growth habit
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
specimen plant
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