Chinese Dogwood (Kousa Dogwood)
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat leaves
  • simple leaves
  • not lobed
  • smooth margins, entire
  • opposite leaves
  • leaf shorter
  • leaves stout
Chinese Dogwood (Kousa Dogwood)
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • without husk or capsules
  • loose, not packed tightly together
  • fruit with large pit
  • whole fruit less than 1 inch
  • cluster or singular without modified leaf
  • red, like raspberries
Chinese Dogwood (Kousa Dogwood)
Cornus kousa

The Chinese Dogwood is native to China, Korea, and Japan. It was introduced into this country in 1875. Over the years, a number of varieties of the Chinese Dogwood have been developed. This tree differs from our related Flowering Dogwood in some details of flower and fruit. Older trees become broadly spreading with horizontal branches. Also the bark of older specimens develops a mixed pattern of gray, tan and brown. This tree prefers moist, acidic, and well-drained soil. Landscapers use the Chinese Dogwood as a single tree and in groupings.

Tree Size height 20' - 30' Bark Twig and Buds Flower