Browse Trees

Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Interesting Flower

Characteristics:
Small, deciduous tree, rounded to vase-shaped with strongly-tiered branching.

Growing Conditions:
Grows best in light shade. Does not tolerate heat and drought. Needs a lot of water.

Uses:
Ornamentally appealing for its bark, flower and fall color.

Height:
30' at maturity

Width:
20' at maturity

Shape:
Widely vase-shaped to rounded, with layered branches

Flowers:
Star-shaped, showy white to greenish-white bracts (leaves that flowers grow from) surround a small, inconspicuous flower.

Leaves:
Leaves are oval with smooth edges, shiny dark green above and paler below, turning purple in fall.

Bark:
Initially smooth and light brown, but later exfoliating into small patches forming a tan and brown camouflage-like pattern.

Native of China, Korea, and Japan.