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White Chinese Dogwood - Cornus kousa
If you've been afraid to plant a Dogwood tree for fear of disease and/or borer problems, fear not. The dependable Cornus kousa, often called Chinese, Japanese or Kousa Dogwood, has demonstrated excellent resistance to both the dogwood borer and anthracnose disease. Not only does it result in tree with stronger vigor and resistance to insect and disease, it will look and grow better in full sun than other dogwood species. More details below

White Chinese Dogwood - Cornus kousa

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White Chinese Dogwood Tree
Cornus kousa 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

If you've been afraid to plant a Dogwood tree for fear of disease and/or borer problems, fear not. The dependable Cornus kousa, often called Chinese, Japanese or Kousa Dogwood, has demonstrated excellent resistance to both the dogwood borer and anthracnose disease. In some areas of the U.S., anthracnose has almost wiped out many of the native dogwoods, Cornus florida. Not only does Cornus kousa result in tree with stronger vigor and resistance to insect and disease, it will look and grow better in full sun than other dogwood species. 

Chinese dogwoods are multi-season color factories. In spring, this white variety produces an abundance of gorgeous, pointed, 4-petal white flowers that will light up your garden. The flowers are followed by numerous clusters of berry-like fruits that mature to a pinkish red color in summer persisting through fall. Handsome foliage remains rich green, unblemished, and healthy throughout the entire warm season until leaves turn intense shades of scarlet to burgundy red in fall, hanging on the tree for a much longer color show than native dogwood species. For an even more spectacular springtime show, include the Pink Chinese Dogwood in your garden. The pink and white flower combination is a wonderful sight to see!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing around 20 to 30 feet tall and wide over time, the Chinese Dogwood is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings or in a staggered row in sunny or shady landscape or woodland borders. Also nice to frame the corners of tall homes and to provide beauty and some shade around patios, porches and other outdoor living spaces. A fine addition to woodland gardens and cottage gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  35' or more for space between trees




Cultural Preferences

Dogwood trees are adaptable to many soil types however prefer a moist but well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Though Dogwood trees will tolerate full sun, we think they look and perform best with some shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of summer afternoons.Constantly soggy or wet soils are problematic. Maintenance is minimal to none. Except to remove a stray or broken branch, no pruning is necessary.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  20-30'
Width at Maturity:  20-30'
Spacing:  15' or more from home, structures, and other trees
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Upright
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  White followed by Pinkish-Red berries
Flower Size:  3-5" in diameter
Flowering Period:  Mid-Late Spring 
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered or Dappled Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  5.5 - 6.5 (Slighty Acidic to Acidic)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low Maintenance, if any, when left in it's natural form
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Songbirds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insects



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