Cornus kousa, also known as Kousa dogwood, Japanese dogwood, or Chinese dogwood, is a small, handsome specimen tree or shrub. This handsome little tree adds year-round beauty, for white flowers in May and June give a Milky Way effect, while purple and scarlet fall leaves add intense color. The beautiful tree form has horizontal branching. It is planted as a specimen, near a patio, or in groupings. The Kousa is not as susceptible to disease as the white dogwood in spring. Blooms later and with a softer-petaled flower than the white flowering dogwood. Because of its disease resistance, it is becoming the best replacement for the white dogwood. Kousa Dogwood has low water requirements and displays a moderate tolerance for salt and alkali soils. Partial shade to full sun. Grows to 15' to 25', 25' spread. Hardy in zones 5-8. In groupings plant 10-15' apart.
Kousa Dogwood also make an excellent and unusual blooming bonsai!