Cornus Kousa, Kousa Dogwood – 2011 Showstopper Plant

The 2011 Showstopper Plants have been selected by The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association and North Carolina and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Each year, North Carolina nurserymen nominate Showstopper Plants and five are selected by North Carolina Cooperative Extension horticulture experts.

These featured plants are promising new cultivars, able thrive in North Carolina gardens.

Name:  Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood

Zones: 5 – 8 Size:   20 tall by 20 wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well drained, moist conditions

Whether gracing your entrance, lining your border, or used as a focal point, adding the Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, will add glamour and value to your landscape.

The Kousa dogwood is a small statued tree with four seasons of interest.  This Chinese dogwood blooms in May, nearly a month after our native dogwood, and has long lasting, showy flowers, often blooming into June.

Green, globular, edible fruits turn pink during the summer, then slowly turning a red in September.  When ripe, the fruit is readily eaten by birds. In the winter, this vase shaped tree’s beautiful bark becomes mottled adding interest to the landscape.

The Cornus kousa is an ideal alternative, or addition, to the native dogwood, Cornus florida.  With no disease or pest problems, and tolerant of alkaline soil, The Kousa dogwood makes an outstanding specimen to residential landscapes.

Do you grow Cornus Kousa in your North Carolina garden? Photo credit, courtesy of the JC Raulstons Arboretum

2011 Showstopper Plant winners:

Camellia ‘Winter’s Charm’

Venus Sweetshrub

Japanese Plum Yew

Climbing Hydrangea

Kousa Dogwood

By: Helen YoestThe TarHeelGardening blog is published and edited by Helen Yoest. For more information on Tarheel Gardening, please visit our website at Tarheel Gardening – your online resource for North Carolina gardening enthusiasts. Sponsored by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association

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2 Responses to Cornus Kousa, Kousa Dogwood – 2011 Showstopper Plant

  1. Sharon says:

    Does Kousa Dogwood require full sun to bloom? We have 2 trees that are at least 7 feet tall and very bushy. They have a nice shape and plenty of beautiful leaves but they have never bloomed at all. They really don’t get much sun. I bought them thinking they were pink dogwoods and planted them beneath oaks. (They were labeled as Pink native dogwoods.) The one I gave my mother blooms and develops the very large beautiful fruits, and hers gets a little more sun than mine. So I wondered if they require sun. We cannot move them now, but we’ve tried limbing up the oaks to let in more light. Any suggestions?

  2. Agree that the Cornus Kousa, Kousa Dogwood is an stunning addition to one’s landscape. The contrasting colors of its foliage, blooms and fruit are eye-catching to say the least.

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