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Arboretum: Kousa Dogwood

Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa

Kousa dogwoods are native to Japan, Korea and China. Small deciduous tree grows to 30' tall and wider than 30'. Autumn leaves turn a reddish purple. The fruit look like large raspberries. The flowers are small greenish yellow surrounded by four large pointed creamy white bracts. Bark on older trees develops a camouflage like appearance. Prefers moist, fertile, acidic well drained soil in full sun. A very useful four season tree.

Family: Cornaceae
Type: Ornamental
Origin: Asia
Season: Spring

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