Pink Japanese Dogwood
Pink Japanese Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Satomi'Item #2779 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
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Attractive horizontal tiers of branches help make this small deciduous tree popular. Splendid pink to red bracts followed in fall by hanging red fruit. Autumn leaves have red-scarlet tints.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KOR-nus KOO-saPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 17Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 20 ft. high, 15 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.