Native Tree Recommendations

kousa dogwood flower

Q: I recently removed a dead Yoshino cherry tree. I am looking to replace it with a native tree. What do you recommend? 

A: I love kousa dogwoods, Cornus kousa, which are blooming now. These Asian dogwoods are very similar to our familiar spring dogwoods, but they bloom later, when the tree has leaves. Kousa dogwood has distinctive white flowers and pink fruit in fall, and it can handle more sunshine than native dogwoods. They are also more disease resistant than the natives. There are several varieties: ‘Stellar Pink’, ‘Milky Way’, ‘Constellation’ and ‘Galaxy’ are excellent.

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