Kousa Dogwood Cornus kousa - Benthamia japonica , Benthamia kousa , Benthamidia japonica , Cynoxylon japonicum , Cynoxylon kousa , Dendrobenthamia japonica

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Botanical Name:

Cornus kousa

Family:

Cornaceae

Genus:

Cornus

Species:

kousa

Common Name:

Kousa Dogwood

Height:
20-25 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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  • Cornus kousa

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy, it is very nice in small quantities. Very seedy. The skin is rather tough and unpleasant, but the pulp is delicious with a custard-like texture, it is one of our favourite late summer fruits. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter. more...
* The Kousa Dogwood ( Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa ), also known as the Japanese Flowering Dogwood (Yamaboushi ( ????? ? ) ), is a small deciduous tree 8–12 m tall, native to eastern Asia . Like most dogwoods , it has opposite, simple leaves , which are 4–10 cm long. more...
* A beautiful small tree of horizontal, tiered habit, long-lasting creamy bracts appear a few weeks after those of C. florida, in conspicuous layers above the horizontal foliage, attractive fruits resembling raspberries in late summer. Prefers moist, acid, well-drained soils, in sun or partial shade.
* A stunning flowering tree or large shrub with good fall color. more...
The Kousa Dogwood [ 1 ] ( Cornus kousa or Benthamidia kousa ) is a small deciduous tree 8–12 m tall, native to eastern Asia . Like most dogwoods , it has opposite, simple leaves , which are 4–10 cm long. The tree is extremely showy when in bloom, but what appear to be four petaled white flowers are actually bracts spread open below the cluster of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. The blossoms appear in late spring, weeks after the tree leafs out. The Kousa Dogwood is sometimes also called Chinese Dogwood , [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Korean Dogwood , [ 3 ] or Japanese Dogwood . [ 1 ]
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Physical Characteristics  Cornus kousa is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
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Usda description:
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