Q: Is there a dogwood or any other small/medium flowering tree or shrub that will tolerate full afternoon sun?
A: Kousa dogwood or any of its varieties grow great in full sun. It is one of my favorite trees to see blooming in May, covered in white bracts! Kousa dogwood comes from Asia. Unlike our native dogwood, it blooms when the tree has leaves. For sun tolerance, I also love the various panicle hydrangeas: ‘Vanilla Strawberry’, ‘Limelight’, ‘Little Lime’ and ‘PeeGee’ are examples.