|Few small trees match the year-round beauty of Chinese Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa chinensis). Flowers, fruit, fall foliage and exfoliating bark create interest throughout the year.
Clouds of white blossoms appear after the leaves in early summer, several weeks after Florida dogwoods have bloomed. The star-shaped "flowers" are formed by four pointed bracts surrounding the inconspicuous, button-like true flower clusters. Blossoms last as long as six weeks during a time when relatively few garden plants are in bloom.
Edible red fruits form in late summer and persist through the fall. They dangle like oversized raspberries beneath the horizontally arching branches, attracting the attention of birds as well as gardeners. An added bonus is a reddish fall color that ranges to reddish purple and scarlet depending on climatic conditions. Winter reveals a very attractive mottled tan and gray exfoliating bark and a distinctive horizontal branching pattern.
Chinese Kousa Dogwood grows in a widely vase-shaped to rounded form, reaching a mature height and spread of approximately 20 x 20 feet. It is rated hardy to USDA Zone 5 and rarely suffers frost damage to flower buds as is sometimes the case with earlier flowering dogwood cultivars.