Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa Cornaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Japan, Korea and China


Jackson Grove, Newman Meadow, Cornell Class of 1938 Native Maple Slope, Urban Tree Collection, Comstock Knoll and Rhododendron Collection, Conifer Slope, Zucker Shrub Collection

Source of plant

Edgewood Nursery, Plantasia, Heronswood, Ruth Nix, Princeton Nurseries, Lake County Nursery Inc., Instutute of Ecosystem Studies, McGuire Gardens, Schichtel's Nursery, Weston Nurseries, Moses Nurseries, US National Arboretum, Department of Grounds of Cornell, Victor Lazar


Plants 20-30' tall with an equal spread. Flower bracts creamy white, appearing about two weeks after those of C. florida, with bracts persisting for about 6 weeks, often becoming pinkish with age. Bark exfoliating with age forming a mottled mosaic of gray, tan and rich brown.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

bark, flowering season