Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

Ms. Priss introduced me to Japanese Kousa dogwood trees. I had never before seen or heard of them because they grow in Zones 5, 6, 7 and 8. In Atlanta, they bloom about a month after the other dogwoods and for about 6 weeks, gradually fading to pink. Oddly, they produce an edible red fruit in the fall which is favored more by birds than humans.

Here are some additional facts on Kousa dogwood:

  • Height: 15 ft. to 30 ft.
  • Spread: 10 ft. to 15 ft.
  • Hardiness Zones: 5 6 7 8
  • Growth Pace: Moderate Grower
  • Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Japanese Kousa dogwood close up-2351
Blooms are pointy instead of rounded


Very full Kousa in right-of-way along a street
Very full Kousa in right-of-way along a street


In front of a private home
In front of a private home


Two trees: one with white blooms,  one with cream-colored blooms
Two trees: one with white blooms,
one with cream-colored blooms



  1. Beautiful! I grew up with lots of dogwood trees. The garden club in my home town sold them for .25 each…I think Mama spent about $10.00. You do the math!

  2. You would have adored Mama, just like everybody else who met her. She was her own person in the very best way. I think I got a little of that DNA…

    1. OH MY GAWD, should I take that pic down? They say Big Brother is watching us all the time. Does Big Brother know I took that picture in Atlanta in front of Ms. Priss’ house and it’s a Japanese Maple? Or they gonna come after me?

  3. Beautiful tree! I have admired this kind of dogwood from afar and finally decided to buy one this year. However, I could not find one locally, so my dream will have to wait. I could have bought one off the internet, but that is always iffy. One year I ordered a Wolf’s Eye dogwood, and it was no larger than 3 inches tall when it arrived. Sadly, it did not survive. Looking back, I should have put it in a pot.

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