The Pink Kousa Dogwood is a small tree with layered, spreading branches, growing between 15 and 20 feet tall, and spreading at least as wide. It flowers 2 or 3 weeks after the American flowering dogwood, once the leaves have opened fully. However, the flowering is so profuse that the leaves are hidden by the beautiful large, pink blooms of this tree. Flowering is followed in late summer and fall by hanging strawberry-like fruits, which are edible (but uninteresting). The fall color of this tree is spectacular, with oranges, golds, and brilliant reds lighting up your garden. The bark in winter has interesting patterns of tan, gray and orange.
- Spectacular blooming in early to mid-summer
- Amazing large pink flowers smother the branches
- Strawberry-like fruits in fall
- Powerful fall colors of oranges, reds and golds
- Easier to grow than the American dogwood
The Pink Kousa Dogwood is easier to grow than the American flowering dogwood, and less prone to diseases. It grows best in richer soils that are moist but well-drained, and alkaline soils are not suitable. It is hardy in zones 5 to 8 and it grows in all areas that don’t have very dry summers. Water regularly during dry periods. Pests and diseases are not major issues, and deer don’t bother with it. An outstanding tree that is worth the little attention it may need. No pruning is required.
Although not native to America, the Kousa Dogwood Tree has been described as ‘the ultimate garden tree’ because it combines outstanding flowering at a time when other spring trees have finished, with fall color that rivals the red maple, and an adaptability that makes it easier to grow than our own, native, dogwood tree. Planted as a lawn specimen, or on the edge of a woodland, it is truly a glory, even if the flowers are usually just white. We say ‘usually’, because there is an outstanding variety of this tree, from Japan, that has wonderful pink flowers and must therefore be the ‘most ultimate garden tree of them all’. This is the Pink Kousa Dogwood, a tree that you simply must find a home for in your garden.