Kousa Dogwoods are in full flower in Northern Ohio. If you don’t have one in your landscape, it may be worth considering.
Kousa Dogwood, Cornus kousa, can be a striking addition to the landscape.
It has leaves that are more elongate and pointed
as opposed to Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida which has a more rounded leaf form.
It can be grown as a tree
or a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree form.
Kousa Dogwood also blooms later than the American flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, and can tolerate being in full sun much better.
The straight species has elongated pointed white flowers.
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.
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.
I believe you may see some examples of this striking plant.
Consider adding one to your landscape.