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Kousa Dogwood

Stunning Spring Display, Edible Fruit and Fall Color

The Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa chinesis) is a deciduous tree with a

specialized leaf system (bract), that creates a showy white appearance

throughout the summer.  This tree would look stunning planted in small

groupings along your home or as a focal point in your front yard.

Your Dogwood’s 4-inch, dark green leaves will appear in spring, but

it’s in late spring when the real show begins.  Pointed bracts of

4-petaled white flowers will appear, giving this tree a unique

show-stopping appearance.  As an added bonus, 1-inch, round red

berries will begin to appear in the summer and be ready for a fall

harvest.  Sweet and juicy, these berries are a favorite for wine

makers, but can also be eaten straight from the tree.

As fall approaches, your Dogwood will transform from green to a

vibrant red/burgundy splash of color for your landscape.  Even when

those leaves have come and gone, your remaining berries will still

dangle from the branches, like an early holiday display right in your

yard. This particular Dogwood has a better disease tolerance than many

other flowering Dogwoods, and is generally hardy and easy to care for.

 Deer won’t like this tree, but birds certainly will…and so will you!

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