I hope someone else can help you with a better answer than I was able to give. My Kousa is over 10 years old and I love it. My kousa is about 25 to 30 feet tall. Hi. Is this natural or is it being stressed? One of our favourite deciduous trees in our garden is the Cornus kousa dogwood. When I moved, it was December and couldn’t get one at that time. Thanks for the advice. But my neighbor has one that gets full sun and it is old and doing well. Both have all their leaves, no flowers yet, however the one on the east is losing some leaves. Looks like I will have lots of red berries though. My friends (one a botanist and her hubby a horticulturist) suggested I only feed it early/mid spring with organic type fertilizers. Widely cultivated as an ornamental, it is naturalized in New … Kousas, as they’re commonly referred to, hail from eastern Asia and also go by the common name Japanese Dogwood. If you have a small garden or are otherwise lacking in space, this is a great option. I think I am going to have to hire someone to shape it and cut out the dead as it is 20 feet tall. Soaked the roots for 24 hours like it said before planting. 4ft tall, full of leaves. Kousa Dogwood is a small, deciduous tree that can grow up to 15-30 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide. The attractive C. kousa is native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Two outstanding characteristics are the four-petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color. Add a circle of organic mulch about 3 feet (1 m.) wide around the base of the tree to help retain moisture to the roots. The dogwood berries are attractive too during late summer and autumn, and are very popular with birds, especially our local flickers, as well as squirrels. I am not an expert on Kousa Dogwoods. My Chinese Dogwood is about 10 or 12 yrs old and this is the first time I have red seed pods. It started bending over this winter with the weight of the snow but came back upright on thaw. Becky………..I am in East Tennessee and I had to smile when you mentioned that your hummingbirds use it as a rest stop. Keep it watered, don’t let it dry out. Kousa Dogwoods cannot be shipped to AK and HI due to state restrictions. The biggest issue tends to be dogwood anthracnose. My personal opinion concerning Kousas is that they do better with some shade. It was lovely this spring and even had more blooms on it in late September. At 9 am and 1pm and 4pm daily to keep the leaves moist in summer sun of 84 degrees? Our Kousa looks great but no blooms yet. However, a light pruning to remove awkward branches may encourage a better shape and increase air circulation if there is overcrowding. The Cornus kousa (Korean Dogwood or just Kousa) tree is more resistant to diseases that plague other dogwoods. Kousa slowly grows into a lovely, small deciduous tree. Yours will be stunning in a few weeks….as will mine. Getting a factory-installed dumbwaiter can cost you thousands. I want it to be a tree not a bush. I would like to know if it Diane, I just planted a Kousa about two months ago. when a tree splits drill a hole about 18 in. It has a more circular growth habit. I planted a Japanese flowering dogwood this last spring. It needs regular watering, especially during the hot periods in the summer. Hope someone else has some ideas. I had it in full sun and it showed signs of leaf burn. The Kousa grows to 15 to 20 feet, has flakey bark, and long-lasting white “flowers” which usually come out about a month after its cousin, the Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida.) I would like to plant it but where? It is considered a small to a medium-sized tree reaching upwards to 6-9 metres (20-30 feet) and the same wide with full maturity. Blooming Season: Late Spring / Early Summer, When To Prune: Mid to Late Winter (see more information below), Cold Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. It blooms around late spring and early summer, attracting bees and butterflies. Damage to the root ball is always to be avoided. I read where if you use Liquid copper Fungicide spray after the tree goes dormant. When I think about cornus kousa, I think of beautiful oblong dogwood blooms in the garden in early summer when our native dogwood species have already lost their blooms. It blooms very nicely however, the leaves are crinkely on the east/south side of the tree . I was going to plant in a shadier spot but I picked a spot that definitely gets morning sun from 10 am on and sun until at least 5 PM – I didn’t have a place that was sunny from lets say 8 am until 2 pm then nice and shady. Minimal litter, other than the fall leaf drop. Our Garden Projects I’ll bet it will surprise you and turn out just as beautiful as it was before the storm. I have a Kousa Dogwood that the funeral home sent to me in the fall after my Moma died in 2003. About An excellent landscape beauty and a hardy tree that can grow and thrive in a variety of conditions. Did the leaves just get droopy after the weather turned so hot? Hi….I live in southwestern Pennsylvania. Zones 4-9. I received my beautiful 4 foot Kousas 2 yrs ago. I think my tree was Japanese. This is a fungal disease that begins as leaf spots. It produces pink flowers and boasts white margins on its leaves. Kousa dogwood comes from Asia. I don’t have a place for a tall tree, but Becky…………one of my neighbors has a tree called a weeping mulberry. It thrives in the hardiness zones 5 through 8 where there is full sunlight to partial shade. I know mine suffers as it gets hotter and hotter and more humid. I wrote earlier about possibly planting the seeds to propagate more. Just bought a Milky Way Kousa Dogwood. Thanks so much!! that would be helpful for me. Excess nitrogen also accelerates any decay-causing fungi already present in the tree and it openly invites insect pests. this sounds crazy….bu, i want to tape the base for support. The dogwood tree can be susceptible to various pests and diseases. Fertilize your dogwood tree in early spring for best performance. The trimming doesn’t seem to have hurt it other than being a little sparce on one side, which I hope will eventually fill in. I don’t think I would have benefit of micro climate, any thoughts out there on my luck with this Dogwood? Cutting the top third off of it would have ruined the shape. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I planted a Kousa this spring. Two outstanding characteristics are the four-petaled, white flowers that appear above the foliage in June and reddish-purple fall color. When you think about all the millions of kousa dogwoods planted all over instead of native dogwoods, you can imagine the loss to our birds.”. cathy. As for Cathy…I had a similar issue with mine. It seems to be helpful to fertilize the Kousas every spring and fall…..it works for my tree. It has done well through the Spring and early summer. I purchased the Kousa Dogwood about three years ago. These modified petal-like leaves are called bracts. Which affects mainly the C. nuttallii and the C. florida species. If no Kousa will fit this location, does anyone have a suggestion for a small tree to center a flower bed in this location? Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area. In East Tennessee we have many native dogwoods, not Kousa’s, however. Christine, if your tree has not leafed out by now, I do not feel good about it. A traditional dogwood in the same location didn’t make it after about 5 years. I’m going to search for the Weeping Mulberry. The flower bracts are white, and the contrast between the red fruit and gold-splashed foliage can be striking. I was actually considering a Smoke Tree. The regional term ‘flowering dogwood’ is a misnomer, though, since all members of the genus Cornus have flowers. Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). This year’s flowers are not as plentiful as other years, possibly because we had such a cold, long, lo-o-o-ng winter. Cathy. I purchased a very very young(6inces) white Chinese dogwood and it gets all day sun and leaves are turning yellow. And I truly did not expect it to survive. Should I ever have one come up from seed under mine, I will let you know. I can keep it well watered. In about a year or so, remove the straps. Improve your soil's water retention with a 3- … to my horror i saw a crack in the center, it looks like a 5 inch gash straight down. Thanks so much!! The shrub’s showiness comes from large white bracts that dwarf the true flowers. I live in south central NY state. the tree is covered in leaves but is always one of the last trees to bloom. BUT the leaves go all the way to the ground. My husband cut it down and dug out the roots this past week. thank you, hi…..is anyone there………i asked a question above……….please help thank you. thank you dianne………i am sure your mom is always saying hello… Inconspicuous white or pink bracted flowers appear in spring. Zones 5-9. I regretted buying it but I had it so I put up with it. One not to get is a Smoke Tree. Will transplant vitamins help if it is not a transplant to establish roots as a new planting tree? Kousa dogwood is an excellent small specimen tree. Mine was in full bloom a month ago and was quite lovely. It bloomed heavily in the spring. Do you think I should just cut it down and start over. If it doesn’t have buds on it now will it not bloom this spring? Lenor, the blooms always start out greenish colored, then turn white and sort of pink before the petals fall. 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