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The Kousa Dogwood is a small deciduous
tree, native to the eastern areas of Asia, that grows
about 8 - 12 m tall. It is also commonly known as the
Japanese Flowering Dogwood. It is from the Genus
Cornus, but is also part of a subgenus called Benthamidia.
This has led people to classify the Kousa Dogwood as either
Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa.
The Kousa Dogwood a great example
Dogwood species; it is much like other species of Dogwoods
in that their leaves are opposite and simple, and grow
to be about 4 to 10 cm long.
Kousa Dogwood Flowers
The Kousa Dogwood flowers can be deceiving.
From a distance, these flowers seem to have 4 large
white petals. These petals are actually bracts surrounding
a small cluster of greenish-yellow flowers. When in
bloom, the Kousa Dogwood is very showy, but the flowers
show much later in the spring than the leaves.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit
The fruit of the Kousa Dogwood is a 2-3 cm diameter
compound berry. It has a pink or red coloration to it.
The berries will keep growing on the tree, and some
have reached diameters greater than 4 cm closer to the
end of the season. To top it all off, the Kousa
Dogwood fruit is edible as well.