Kousa Dogwood – Identification

Q: What are the trees that have white blooms that look like dogwood flowers in May?

A: Very likely you are seeing kousa dogwoods, Cornus kousa. These Asian dogwoods are very similar to our familiar spring dogwoods but they bloom later, when the tree has leaves.

I like this tree a lot, both for the flowers and because it can handle more sunshine than native dogwoods. They are also more disease resistant than the native dogwoods.

There are several varieties: ‘Stellar Pink’, ‘Milky Way’, ‘Constellation’ and ‘Galaxy’ are excellent.

The flowers are followed in fall by masses of distinct pink fruit.

kousa dogwood

kousa dogwood

kousa dogwood flower

kousa dogwood flower

kousa dogwood fruit

kousa dogwood fruit

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