☺️. It will be gorgeous. A stunning flowering tree or large shrub with good fall color. Cornus kousa is a small deciduous tree 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, in the flowering plant family Cornaceae.Common names include kousa, kousa dogwood, Chinese dogwood, Korean dogwood, and Japanese dogwood. Listen live at 8:30 AM EDT Mondays, to the replay Saturday morning, or stream the podcast anytime. Their gardens were wonderful & the little Tea House for their daughter was a treasure. + k. It is gorgeous, with great contrast against the building. Wolf Eyes This is a small variety of the kousa dogwood, growing to only about ten feet in height. Any tips or tricks you’ve found in lending to its growing success would be appreciated!! They keep their shape fairly well by nature. Should it stay or should it go? I’ve grown accustomed to it after friends urged me to learn to love it, and so it’s still here and bigger than ever! I am feeling optimistic about having it with me for a good long time, I think. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese dogwood, this Asian cousin to our native flowering dogwood can be used as a specimen plant or in shrub borders. This small ornamental tree keeps performing once spring ends. The Garden wouldn't be the Garden without our Members, Donors and Volunteers. “Kousa” is apparently the Japanese word for dogwood. Can’t imagine getting rid of it. Any suggestions for dogwoods in zone 9, central California or is it to hot and dry here. The similar Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), native to Asia, flowers about a month later. Count on kousa dogwood to put on a terrific spring show with its attractive pink or white blooms. It is sometimes referred to as the Chinese dogwood. Like dead branches, diseased branches will only invite further infection to the rest of your dogwood. Count on kousa dogwood to put on a terrific spring show with its attractive pink or white blooms. Of the 17 species of dogwood native to North America, the four most common garden types are native flowering dogwoods, Pacific dogwood, Cornelian cherry dogwood and kousa dogwoods. Their tiny, star-shaped blossoms come later than other dogwoods. Dogwood trees do not usually need much pruning. Other Varieties of Dogwood Tree. It produces pink flowers and boasts white margins on its leaves. LISTEN OR SUBSCRIBE FREE: I T’S NOT THE BEST KOUSA DOGWOOD YEAR EVER here, with only half-hearted blooms in most cases and some of the gang having taken a.. Find a well-drained area that has plenty of moisture and an acidic soil. Bloom occurs in late spring. Depending on the age of the Kousa dogwood, the trees take on a different appearance. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers. Kousa dogwood trees take 5-7 years before they produce flowers and fruit. A: This isn’t a huge species, but without any pruning, Kousa dogwoods can grow 25 feet tall and wide. The Kousa Dogwood flowers about a month later than the standard Dogwood. Dogwood seeds can be started in the fall by soaking and removing the fleshy outer coating and sowing directly in pots to overwinter outdoors. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants. Kousa Dogwood Cornus kousa var. A small flowering tree native to eastern Asia, the Kousa Dogwood is an attractive small tree makes a statement in a yard or garden or along the edge of a wooded border. A quick call to the nurseryman friend averted disaster, or did it? Appreciates regular moisture during hot summers. 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I have seen fully grow beautiful ones, a fed those not so beautiful, so, as with my all my other small trees, I only let them get as tall as my pruning pole will reach and feed them…with proper pruning, and keeping them small where you have it planted, I believe it will bring you so much beauty…I think it’s all about a hours worth of proper care…as with any species of dogwood, but this one, hands down, is the most beautiful. The subtitle of University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy’s recent book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” is “A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard.” Meaning: The choices we make all year-round, including the very important one of how we clean up, can help counteract an overdeveloped, fragmented landscape that puts the food web to the test. More to come…but progress. While planting it, keep in mind that the plant shows a strong preference to areas that receive full sunlight or those areas with partial shade. It looks great with the wall…I would keep snipping it in winter, or when dormant, to force shoots from the top. Give the dogwood tree another small drink of water. Mottled, exfoliating, tan and gray bark on mature trees is attractive in winter.Genus name comes from the Latin word cornu meaning horn in probable reference to the strength and density of the wood. It is a plant native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan. But, as well I partial to it’s white magnicent multi flower, whewreas our favourite spring Trillium here, a bit reminder, gaining an extra petal, in balance. Native Range: Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Bloom Description: White to pinkish (bracts), Suggested Use: Street Tree, Flowering Tree. Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form. The attractive C. kousa is native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.. Don't let the miniature size fool you. When first flowering, they are pale green, but eventually they turn a luminous white that appears to glow in the dark. What do we all think of weeping kousas (or weeping trees in general)? It’s beautiful.”. Japanese dogwood blooms later than C. Florida, in May and June. Small and late-flowering kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are slow growers, but the results they produce are worth your efforts to grow them. One small tree reliably enhancing our landscape during both spring and early summer is the Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa. The shallow root system will benefit from a layer of mulch to maintain a cool root environment. Even without manually shaping the tree, a dogwood will usually maintain a nice shape. To-day is spc. Long ago memories of a visit there. If you want to bring it inside, it’s best to put it somewhere protected but unheated, like a shed or a garage. Pat the dirt so it is firmly down in the hole. Thanx, for the lead-in, for my ‘outback’.! So now I really am in a mess. REMEMBER THE GREAT KOUSA CONTROVERSY, when I wanted to evict my nursed-from-infancy weeping Kousa dogwood? This adorable dogwood makes the perfect addition to pathways, outdoor seating areas and smaller landscapes. Give the newly planted dogwood shrub or tree one final small drink of water. The Cornus kousa (Korean Dogwood or just Kousa) tree is more resistant to diseases that plague other dogwoods.It thrives in zones 5-9. The Kousa’s bark gets handsome as it matures, peeling in the nicest camouflage pattern, and the tree seems virtually disease-resistant, especially compared to the American with its susceptiblity to anthracnose fungus. Two outstanding characteristics are the four-petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color. Kousa dogwood trees take 5-7 years before they produce flowers and fruit. Kousa Dogwood has a horizontal branching structure that reaches all the way to the base, forming a natural pyramidal shape. (Disclosure: includes affiliate links.). How big do Kousa dogwood trees get? Cornus kousa is a dogwood that is native to Asia. chinensis Seedling 20-30' x same. You can’t toss out anything connected to Jim & Conni Cross! Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Kousa dogwood is an excellent small specimen tree. You all helped me see the error of my ways,.. How big do Kousa dogwood trees get? Other gardeners may not live in a zone warm enough to overwinter a dogwood outside. I have a number of Kousa dogwoods, or Cornus kousa, a species native to Japan, China and Korea that’s been in cultivation since Victorian times. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers. Horizontally spreading small specimen tree or large shrub covered with layers of 3–5" milky-white blossoms for up to six weeks in early summer. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese dogwood, this Asian cousin to our native flowering dogwood can be used as a specimen plant or in shrub borders. Cornus kousa, commonly called Kousa dogwood, is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 15-30’ tall, with a vase-shaped habit in the early years but eventually maturing to a more rounded form.Bloom occurs in late spring. The showy parts of the Kousa dogwood “flower” (3-5” across) are the four narrowly pointed petal-like white bracts which surround the center cluster of insignificant, yellowish-green, true flowers. The plants need cold temperatures in order to go dormant during the winter. Native to East Asian regions of Korea, China, and Japan, this tree shows hardy growth in USDA zones 5 to 7. Each showy flower is composed of four, taper-pointed, one-to-two-inch-long, creamy-white bracts, which last far longer than true petals. Noteworthy Characteristics. Also referred to as Chinese Dogwood.Introduced by EH Wilson, Hubei, China, 1907. When cutting off noticeably diseased branches, you should dip the shears or saw into a solution made of one part bleach and three parts water to … In full sun locations, leaf scorch may appear, particularly if soils are allowed to dry out. Welcome! Margaret's weekly public-radio show, from Robin Hood Radio in Sharon, CT, the smallest NPR station in the nation. WHEN I TALKED to Doug Tallamy in February around the publication date of his latest book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” I didn’t want to go on and on about the advice in it regarding smart fall cleanup, which is one of the ways I know I’ve dramatically shifted the way I manage my own garden compared to 10 or even five years ago. In the Midwest, this is a hardier substitute for the acid-loving flowering dogwood. Want to plan your most ecologically minded garden cleanup ever, and understand the consequences of each potential action you can take—including next spring? People ask if they can trim a dogwood in the summer or cut back a dogwood in the fall, but the best time to prune a dogwood tree is in late fall until late winter. Native to Japan, Korea and China, the first scientific observations of the kousa dogwood in the United States were recorded in 1875. Actually, its flowers are quite small. The flowers are so crisp & beautiful. Dogwood seeds can be started in the fall by soaking and removing the fleshy outer coating and sowing directly in pots to overwinter outdoors. They are impressive trees to have around, but not every gardener has the space or the means to take care of a large tree. The latter two are introduced species that have earned a place in American gardens because they are more disease resistant than native species. Every year I mean to toss it out. Cornus kousa is a dogwood that is native to Asia. Last weekend other expert friends were having supper in the yard and pointed at it and said, “Gosh, when did that get put in? Best grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. ‘Lustgarten Weeping,’ which I’ve grown from a tiny grafted creature of mere twig-like proportion I bought from Dan Hinkley maybe a decade ago, to its current 9-foot spread and 5-foot height. This allows them time for the natural changing seasons and cold fluctuations – stratification. 'Wolf Eyes' is a small cultivar of C. kousa, growing to only about 10 feet tall at maturity.Until then, it serves as a shrub in the landscape. Really. Plant as a specimen or in small groupings on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. The shallow root system of the Kousa makes it a perfect tree to plant near homes without fear of the roots damaging any structures. Genus Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Their extravagant floral display tends to persist for four to eight weeks. If you have a small garden or are otherwise lacking in space, this is a great option. Learn how your comment data is processed. Although these are the ideal conditions for their growth, these trees are also capable of growing in compacted, neutral or alkaline, and dry soils. What Zone are you in? 'horticultural how-to and woo-woo' | margaret roach, head gardener. Absolutely, the most outstanding bush I’ve seen. It bears red fruits in late summer and wonderful reddish-purple autumn foliage. Kousa slowly grows into a lovely, small deciduous tree. This is a small variety of the kousa dogwood, growing to only about ten feet in height. It produces pink flowers and boasts white margins on its leaves. But I digress from the beauty-contest at hand. UPDATE 6/26: The mason has been at it, and the kousa now has a retaining wall on the downhill side of its domain, mostly complete (photo below). Like a small child, Dogwoods may not adjust well to variances in water and nutrient matter. No serious insect or disease problems. That’s certainly been the case this season on the topic of my weeping Kousa dogwood, which everybody has a strong point of view about…but nobody agrees. I’m grateful that Doug returned to the podcast in autumn to do just that. frontal home, here in TO/On, Canada, and I luv it, both for privacy on an there busier street. This plant has better disease resistance and better cold hardiness than flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, and is an excellent alternative to flowering dogwood in areas where dogwood anthracnose is a problem. But we were looking ahead to spring then, not fall. SOMETIMES HAVING EXPERT FRIENDS just makes your head spin, instead of adding clarity or bringing resolution. Its small frame makes it ideal for tight areas, especially for under power lines! Jun 4, 2017 - Explore Anita Gaudet's board "Kousa dogwood", followed by 198 people on Pinterest. This spring, expert friends pointed at it and said, “When will you get rid of that thing?” and so I called a nurseryman friend to come and take it as a gift, to sell to someone else perhaps. I moved down from Washington state over a year ago, where dogwoods do great! gifts for gardeners: my tried-and-true gear, making the switch to native groundcovers, with duncan himmelman of mt. HI Margaret: Please keep it, an walk-by neighbour has tri in form planted. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. It takes the shape of an umbrella, and is perfect as a specimen tree. It's typically more disease-resistant than its North American cousin, flowering dogwood. Fill the rests of the hole to ground level with the dirt that came out of the hole. In the meantime, however, a better option might be the Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), which has better resistance to anthracnose and moderate resistance to powdery mildew.Unlike C. florida, Kousa dogwood "flowers" after the leaves appear, so you don't get that fairyland burst of white that's so welcome on an early spring day. Known for their versatility and variety, dogwood trees and shrubs are available for almost any situation in the landscape. I think that’s why I ordered it in the first place, thinking of Jim. Then I would maintain size to 8 feet or so. Agreed? It is sometimes called the Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood. Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida) One of the most popular of all flowering trees is the flowering … I am glad you kept it…small snips can go along way to making it even more beautiful…just when dormant though..safer. That’s certainly been the case this season on the topic of my weeping Kousa dogwood, which everybody has a strong point of view about…but nobody agrees. (Stream it below,  read the illustrated transcript or subscribe free.). How to Plant a Kousa Dogwood. Caring for potted dogwood trees in the winter is also tricky. And like other trees that are native to Japan, they showcase an extremely graceful form. Performs well in sandy loams. Thank you for sharing- I just purchased a graft of this as well. The polls are now open: Dial (#@$) %CX-&*XH on your mobile phones or Text %&#…no, wait, wrong competition, so just register your vote by hitting COMMENT. The Kousa dogwood is a handsome, small- to medium-sized tree reaching a mature height of 30 feet. Types of Kousa Dogwood. Depending on the age of the Kousa dogwood, the trees take on a different appearance. If you’re interested in the meaning behind common tree names, this one may underwhelm. Kousa dogwood trees aren’t very drought-tolerant, so make sure to keep the soil moist throughout the summer, especially in the first three years when the tree is establishing itself. Kousa Dogwood is a small, deciduous tree that can grow up to 15-30 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide. Best Time to Prune a Dogwood Tree. You and I are nature’s best hope, and I’m glad Doug joined me again to help us learn to support it. The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is a Japanese Dogwood that only grows to 8-10 ft., unlike an American Dogwood, which can reach heights of 25 ft. Your email address will not be published. As a group, the Japanese dogwoods are similar to Cornus florida (flowering dogwood), but have a vase-shaped growth pattern that gradually becomes round with age. Cornus is also the Latin name for cornelian cherry.Specific epithet is the Japanese name for this species. Set the soil aside for filling in … Dan Keck / Flickr / CC By 1.0. You can’t toss out anything connected to Jim & Connie Cross! trip buy day for this, priority. You can keep it smaller with annual pruning. Kousa dogwoods are considered small to medium sized trees. Widely cultivated as an ornamental, it is naturalized in … Also effective in shrub borders, woodland gardens, bird gardens or naturalized areas. It's typically more disease-resistant than its North American cousin, flowering dogwood. ‘Perhap’s’, my Canuck Weeping, Kousa dogwood, Trill..I. The Dogwood Tree is picky. The shrub’s showiness comes from large white bracts that dwarf the true flowers. Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), also known as Chinese, Japanese or Korean dogwood, is well-suited to the home landscape. Cut off diseased or insect-infested branches. Small and late-flowering kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are slow growers, but the results they produce are worth your efforts to grow them. The C. kousa is grown for its flowers in addition to its hardy, dependable nature. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It thrives in the hardiness zones 5 through 8 where there is full sunlight to partial shade. Temple Jewel I absolutely love it…in fact, I have one that I am moving today to different area of yard. Add a circle of organic mulch about 3 feet (1 m.) wide around the base of the tree to help retain moisture to the roots. See more ideas about Dogwood, Kousa dogwood, Dogwood trees. They are a delicate vision at twilight in late spring. Here’s the thing: I’ve never liked the plant, named C.k. 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