Like other Cornus, C. kousa has opposite, simple leaves, 4–10 cm long. The tree is extremely showy when in bloom, but what appear to be four, white petals are actually four spreading bracts below the cluster of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. The blossoms appear in late spring, weeks after the tree leafs out.
It can be distinguished from the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) of eastern North America by its more upright habit, flowering about a month later, and by the pointed rather than rounded flower bracts. The fruit is a globose pink to red compound berry 2–3 cm in diameter, though these berries tend to grow larger towards the end of the season and some berry clusters that do not fall from the tree exceed 4 cm. It is edible, with a sweet and creamy flavour, and is a delicious addition to the tree's ornamental value. The fruit is sometimes used for making wine.
Binomial Name: Cornus kousa
Height: Over 20 Feet at Maturity
Exposure: Sun, Shade
Usage: Drought Tolerant, Flowering
Shipping: November Through April, From TN Nursery, US Mail Priority
Shipping Preparation: Bare roots dipped in tera-sorb silcone gel.
Instructions: Please inspect your shipment the same day received.
TN Nursery allows 3 days from delivery to report any issues.
If you have any issues please call TN Nursery at 931.692.4252
Plant within 3 days.
Water daily for a week after planting.
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