CORNUS kousa – Kousa dogwood

Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree or a multi-stemmed shrub that can grow between 15-30ft tall.

Flowers are followed by berry-like fruits which mature to a pinkish red in summer and persist into fall.

Fruits are technically edible, but are usually left for the birds.



Their oval, pointed leaves are dark green. Mottled, exfoliating, tan and gray bark on mature trees is attractive in winter.

This spectacular small bushy tree produces a profusion of large white flower bracts that slowly adopt pinkish hues as they mature.

Cornus kousa var. chinensis flowers in May and June.

The foliage is oval with a pointed tip and dark-green in colour.

It turns vivid orange and red in autumn when small edible but insipid pink fruits are, also produced.

Cornus kousa var. chinensis prefers to be planted in a sunny position avoiding poor or shallow soils, but will still do well in partial shade.

This small Flowering Dogwood tree has an estimated height and spread of just three by three metres. It is impressive in any garden