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Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Dark green foliage turns red in the fall. Showy white flowers bloom in spring. Fruit appears in late summer before foliage turns.
Zone: 5 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 3.7 to 6.5
Suggested uses for this plant include border, massing, and specimen plant.
Select small plants with balled and burlapped roots.
Plant in acid soil that is well-drained.
Tolerant of full sun and dry, compacted soil.
Considered to be a low maintenance plant because of its slow to medium growth rate, nice natural form, and resistance to insect pests.
No serious insects or diseases.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of CORNUS KOUSA
`Summer Stars' has flower bracts that remain on tree for up to 6 weeks.
`Lustgarten Weeping' has weeping branches.
CORNUS CHINENSIS (Chinese Dogwood) has larger flowers than the Kousa Dogwood.
CORNUS CHINENSIS `Milky Way' produces more flowers.
Beautiful flowers, fruit, fall color, and nice winter silhouette provide year-round interest.
Kousa is a good substitute for the native dogwood in many urban landscape situations.
The showy, globular fruits are edible and will attract birds.
This material was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. Mary Miller, Project Director. Diane Relf, Content Specialist, Horticulture. Copyright 1989 by VCE.