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Cornus kousa /Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa  / Cornus kousa
Fruit in late autumn can be a special feature of the Chinense dogwood
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Fruit in late autumn can be a special feature of the Chinense dogwood

Fruit close-up with leaves turning autumn color

Early summer flowers

Mass floral display from this Chinese dogwood

This early summer flowering tree performs best in the Upper South

Also has outstanding autumn color

A branch of foliage in full autumn color

Summer foliage and developing berries

Foliage and developing fruit in August

Tree at National Arboretum in Washington, DC

Fresh spring foliage in early May

First flower to open in late April

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Scientific Name: Cornus kousa
Common Name: Chinese Dogwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A spectacular tree when in bloom. This early summer flowering dogwood produces a multitude of brightly colored fruit in fall and early winter. It is somewhat resistant to the leaf disease that attack other dogwood species. Best reserved for locations with cold temperatures. Does not tolerate the hot, humid conditions of the South.