• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 20 ft. high, 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus KOO-sa
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 20 ft. high, 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasThe spring pink-red bracts and fall red fruit make this a showy part of any garden. Plant in a sunny corner with low companions in front, or place in a center bed where it can be enjoyed from all sides. A good selection for a small garden, but it needs room to spread.
    Companion PlantsThis Dogwood, and its pink-red bracts, works well with border companions, offering shade to the white-flowering Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice') or White Big Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'White'). A front border planting of blue-and-yellow flowered Variegated Sweet Iris (Iris pallida 'Variegata') or Dwarf Purple Miniature Bearded Iris (Iris pumila) makes a good contrast.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This Asian dogwood is native to the islands of Japan as well as Korea. It was first seen and described by von Siebold of the Dutch East India Company. Plants were not introduced into the west until 1875. This cultivar is a late 20th century development to promote strong pink hue than the species.
    Lore:
    The "flowers" of dogwoods are actually bracts or modified leaves to draw pollinators to the insignificant flowers.