Kousa Dogwood – Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood flowers
Kousa Dogwood flowers

This is another spring flowering tree imported to North America from the Orient. Native to China, Japan and Korea. It is later flowering than the native flowering dogwood that blooms in early April here. This variety starts blooming in late May and will often continue bloom as late as July.

The fruit is edible raw or cooked, they are juicy and sweet. Although they are very seedy, they are nice in small quantities out of hand. The skin is thick and tough, but the pulp inside is almost custard like in texture.

The fruit is an important food source for many species of birds, who eat them very quickly. There is no known toxicity.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joyce Raymond on September 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

    does this dogwood have a red like nut on it in late summer early fall?

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