Kousa Dogwoods in Full Flower. A plant worth considering!

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Kousa Dogwoods are in full flower in Northern Ohio. If you don’t have one in your landscape, it may be worth considering.


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Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa, can be a striking addition to the landscape.






It has leaves that are more elongate and pointed


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as opposed to Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida which has a more rounded leaf form.


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It can be grown as a tree


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or a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree form.


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Kousa Dogwood also blooms later than the American flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, and can tolerate being in full sun much better.


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The straight species has elongated pointed white flowers.


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Several cultivars are available. Venus Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Venus', has exceptionally large flowers and dark green foliage.







Scarlet Fire Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Scarlet Fire’, has a striking red color in the flower.






Summer Gold Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’, has a yellow and green variegated foliage that is retained through the summer.


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Greensleeves Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Greensleeves’, also has large white flowers with green foliage.







Weaver’s Weeper Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa ‘Weaver’s Weeper’, has a weeping habit.







As you drive around your neighborhood (or walk to save gas), take a look.


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I believe you may see some examples of this striking plant.


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Consider adding one to your landscape.