JAPANESE KOUSA DOGWOOD

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