Kousa Dogwood – Bark Flaking Off

Q:  The bark is coming off my dogwood but the tree seems very healthy. I cannot see any bugs other than tiny ants . Is there any cause for concern? This tree has white flowers and blooms 2 to 3 weeks after all the other dogwoods every year.

A: You have a kousa dogwood, which is native to Asia. Unlike our native dogwoods, kousa dogwood bark flakes off to reveal a contrasting underbark. What you are seeing is normal

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