Dogwood trees are widely known for their delicate beauty, and the kousa variety adds a toughness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. In spring, it produces a heavenly array of star-like blooms. In summer, its intriguing canopy of layered branches provides shade and beauty. In autumn, it offers spectacular bright red color. Even in winter, this tree has an appeal all its own with bark that resembles a jigsaw puzzle.
- Produces late-blooming white flowers and purple and scarlet fall leaves
- Features intriguing canopy of layered branches
- Adapts to many conditions
- Will be delivered at a height of 2’–3′
- The Kousa Dogwood (Japanese Dogwood) grows in zones 5-8
- Mature Height: 15’–25′
- Mature Spread: N/A–25′
- Growth Rate: Slow to Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: Kousa dogwood seeds are eaten by squirrels and birds.
Native to Japan, Korea and China, the first scientific observations of the kousa dogwood in the United States were recorded in 1875.
If you’re interested in the meaning behind common tree names, this one may underwhelm. “Kousa” is apparently the Japanese word for dogwood. This species does, however, go by other names including Chinese dogwood, Japanese dogwood, Japanese flowering dogwood and Japanese strawberry tree.