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Cornus kousa

Cornus kousa
Japanese dogwood
Cornus kousa
Early-September fruit, reminds me of an earth-orbiting satellite in shades of red

Common name Japanese dogwood
Family cornaceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-8)
Flowers white (spring)
Size 20-30'
Light sun-part shade

Slow-growing tree. We rescued this from a local discount nursery as a nearly-dead stick many years ago. It took quite a while to grow to any kind of size, but ever since it started blooming about five years later, we've appreciated its steadfast performance, beautiful both in leaf and in flower. The red fall foliage is a real asset, too. I think it has given rise to one or two baby kousas in recent years, but I can't say for sure until the offspring itself blooms.

Japanese dogwood
Cornus kousa
Japanese dogwood

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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