Dogwood seeds can be started in the fall by soaking and removing the fleshy outer coating and sowing directly in pots to overwinter outdoors. This allows them time for the natural changing seasons and cold fluctuations – stratification. Very funny, Ralph. Good luck…again, it is a beautiful tree, except for some tender loving care and attention to gentle, gradua, sparse pruning here and there. Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I absolutely love it…in fact, I have one that I am moving today to different area of yard. Best grown in humusy, organically rich, medium moisture, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Native to East Asian regions of Korea, China, and Japan, this tree shows hardy growth in USDA zones 5 to 7. Actually, its flowers are quite small. How big do Kousa dogwood trees get? SOMETIMES HAVING EXPERT FRIENDS just makes your head spin, instead of adding clarity or bringing resolution. Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. The Dogwood Tree is picky. This is a small variety of the kousa dogwood, growing to only about ten feet in height. It looks great with the wall…I would keep snipping it in winter, or when dormant, to force shoots from the top. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball of your tree and twice as wide. They consist of four narrowly pointed white bracts which surround the center cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers. The latter two are introduced species that have earned a place in American gardens because they are more disease resistant than native species. 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. And like other trees that are native to Japan, they showcase an extremely graceful form. 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. 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. Their extravagant floral display tends to persist for four to eight weeks. They are a delicate vision at twilight in late spring. Cornus kousa is a dogwood that is native to Asia. chinensis Seedling 20-30' x same. Two outstanding characteristics are the four-petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color. A stunning flowering tree or large shrub with good fall color. I would mark with small ribbon those wayward shoots on the bottom sides, to shape it a bit more later. They are impressive trees to have around, but not every gardener has the space or the means to take care of a large tree. Any tips or tricks you’ve found in lending to its growing success would be appreciated!! It is sometimes called the Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood. Pat the dirt so it is firmly down in the hole. 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. The Cornus kousa (Korean Dogwood or just Kousa) tree is more resistant to diseases that plague other dogwoods.It thrives in zones 5-9. Does it stay, or go? The Kousa dogwood is a handsome, small- to medium-sized tree reaching a mature height of 30 feet. The attractive C. kousa is native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.. The flowers are so crisp & beautiful. Jun 4, 2017 - Explore Anita Gaudet's board "Kousa dogwood", followed by 198 people on Pinterest. The plants need cold temperatures in order to go dormant during the winter. Wolf Eyes This is a small variety of the kousa dogwood, growing to only about ten feet in height. Their tiny, star-shaped blossoms come later than other dogwoods. Your email address will not be published. ☺️. You and I are nature’s best hope, and I’m glad Doug joined me again to help us learn to support it. I think they get better with age and hard pruning to develop fabulous form. REMEMBER THE GREAT KOUSA CONTROVERSY, when I wanted to evict my nursed-from-infancy weeping Kousa dogwood? What do we all think of weeping kousas (or weeping trees in general)? Really. Flowers are followed by berry-like fruits (to 1” diameter) which mature to a pinkish red in summer and persist into fall. Can’t imagine getting rid of it. Count on kousa dogwood to put on a terrific spring show with its attractive pink or white blooms. A: This isn’t a huge species, but without any pruning, Kousa dogwoods can grow 25 feet tall and wide. Cornus is also the Latin name for cornelian cherry.Specific epithet is the Japanese name for this species. Any suggestions for dogwoods in zone 9, central California or is it to hot and dry here. Like dead branches, diseased branches will only invite further infection to the rest of your dogwood. Other Varieties of Dogwood Tree. Oh it’s so gorgeous!!! 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. They mature to about 30 feet tall x 30 feet wide (their width and height are roughly equal at maturity) once they reach 20-30 years old. Bloom occurs in late spring. Their gardens were wonderful & the little Tea House for their daughter was a treasure. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Prune when the kousa dogwood is dormant, in late fall or early winter. 'horticultural how-to and woo-woo' | margaret roach, head gardener. 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. Japanese dogwood blooms later than C. Florida, in May and June. Known for their versatility and variety, dogwood trees and shrubs are available for almost any situation in the landscape. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters, sometimes with showy bracts. Other gardeners may not live in a zone warm enough to overwinter a dogwood outside. Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), also known as Chinese, Japanese or Korean dogwood, is well-suited to the home landscape. They keep their shape fairly well by nature. Want to plan your most ecologically minded garden cleanup ever, and understand the consequences of each potential action you can take—including next spring? In the Midwest, this is a hardier substitute for the acid-loving flowering dogwood. One small tree reliably enhancing our landscape during both spring and early summer is the Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa. 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. The Garden wouldn't be the Garden without our Members, Donors and Volunteers. The shrub’s showiness comes from large white bracts that dwarf the true flowers. Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is a small, deciduous flowering tree or multi-stemmed shrub with 4 seasons of interest. I moved down from Washington state over a year ago, where dogwoods do great! Also like a small child, Dogwoods can be a bit smelly, offering a strong, though not altogether unpleasant, fragrance. Your email address will not be published. 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 … Temple Jewel If you have a small garden or are otherwise lacking in space, this is a great option. 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. gifts for gardeners: my tried-and-true gear, making the switch to native groundcovers, with duncan himmelman of mt. It’s beautiful.”. Small and late-flowering kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are slow growers, but the results they produce are worth your efforts to grow them. 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. You can keep it smaller with annual pruning. It is a plant native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan. 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. Small and late-flowering kousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa) are slow growers, but the results they produce are worth your efforts to grow them. 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. Manual shaping can be done if desired, though. Dogwood trees do not usually need much pruning. In fact, looking at it, I would prune out all crossing branches, like the one middle right of tree to prevent rubbing and damage to bark which may let those pests in, and I woulda prune out those two empty branches on top to force better covered shoots, though prune out all straight up in the air strait shoots if they don’t weep…but not leader if you want it taller (unless if is really disproportional to the rest of the tree and you want it fuller…that is, if you want it the same size, then the leader (few brances) on top could be cut back. Long ago memories of a visit there. Noteworthy Characteristics. This adorable dogwood makes the perfect addition to pathways, outdoor seating areas and smaller landscapes. Oval, pointed leaves (to 4” long) are dark green, but usually turns attractive shades of reddish-purple to scarlet in autumn. 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 produces pink flowers and boasts white margins on its leaves. ‘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. Love your site keep up the great work. Although these are the ideal conditions for their growth, these trees are also capable of growing in compacted, neutral or alkaline, and dry soils. They mature to about 30 feet tall x 30 feet wide (their width and height are roughly equal at maturity) once they reach 20-30 years old. Dogwoods are beautiful trees with striking spring flowers. I’m grateful that Doug returned to the podcast in autumn to do just that. 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. No serious insect or disease problems. ‘Perhap’s’, my Canuck Weeping, Kousa dogwood, Trill..I. In spring, a heavenly array of star-like blooms appear. Count on kousa dogwood to put on a terrific spring show with its attractive pink or white blooms. See more ideas about Dogwood, Kousa dogwood, Dogwood trees. I am feeling optimistic about having it with me for a good long time, I think. What Zone are you in? 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. Performs well in sandy loams. With some skill and attention, though, you can keep a dogwood tree in a container. If you’re interested in the meaning behind common tree names, this one may underwhelm. Thank you for sharing- I just purchased a graft of this as well. The C. kousa is grown for its flowers in addition to its hardy, dependable nature. Noteworthy Characteristics. You can’t toss out anything connected to Jim & Connie Cross! Required fields are marked *. The similar Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), native to Asia, flowers about a month later. Learn how your comment data is processed. Starting Cornus kousa Dogwood from Seeds. 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. You all helped me see the error of my ways,.. Synonyms are Benthamia kousa and Cynoxylon kousa. cuba, cookies, snacking cakes, pies & more: 5 new books to bake by, with ali stafford, mastering microgreens, with kate spring of good heart farmstead, david lebovitz’s french onion soup (from ‘my paris kitchen’), comfort books: cozy reads for you or for gifting, with katrina kenison, tuning in to heirloom collards, with chris smith, seedlinked: a new way to shop for, learn about and evaluate seeds, with bjorn bergman, pumpkin custard: holiday pie, minus the crust, https://robinhoodradioondemand.com/podcast-player/17424/ecological-fall-cleanup-with-doug-tallamy-a-way-to-garden-with-margaret-roach-october-5-2020.mp3. Kousa dogwoods are considered small to medium sized trees. 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. 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