Kousa Dogwood

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The Kousa Dogwood is a small deciduous tree, native to the eastern areas of Asia, that grows about 8 - 12 m tall. It is also commonly known as the Japanese Flowering Dogwood. It is from the Genus Cornus, but is also part of a subgenus called Benthamidia. This has led people to classify the Kousa Dogwood as either Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa.

The Kousa Dogwood a great example Dogwood species; it is much like other species of Dogwoods in that their leaves are opposite and simple, and grow to be about 4 to 10 cm long.

Kousa Dogwood Flowers

The Kousa Dogwood flowers can be deceiving. From a distance, these flowers seem to have 4 large white petals. These petals are actually bracts surrounding a small cluster of greenish-yellow flowers. When in bloom, the Kousa Dogwood is very showy, but the flowers show much later in the spring than the leaves.

Kousa Dogwood Fruit

The fruit of the Kousa Dogwood is a 2-3 cm diameter compound berry. It has a pink or red coloration to it. The berries will keep growing on the tree, and some have reached diameters greater than 4 cm closer to the end of the season. To top it all off, the Kousa Dogwood fruit is edible as well.

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