Pink Japanese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Satomi'

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.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus KOO-sa
LoreThe "flowers" of dogwoods are actually bracts or modified leaves to draw pollinators to the insignificant flowers.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 20 ft. high, 15 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseSpecimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureFall Color, Naturalizes Well, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsOakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Azalea (Azalea); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Holly (Ilex)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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