Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Small, deciduous tree, rounded to vase-shaped with strongly-tiered branching.
Grows best in light shade. Does not tolerate heat and drought. Needs a lot of water.
Ornamentally appealing for its bark, flower and fall color.
30' at maturity
20' at maturity
Widely vase-shaped to rounded, with layered branches
Star-shaped, showy white to greenish-white bracts (leaves that flowers grow from) surround a small, inconspicuous flower.
Leaves are oval with smooth edges, shiny dark green above and paler below, turning purple in fall.
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.