OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/26/20):
Benthamidia japonica   FAMILY Cornaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus kousa   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)
Benthamidia japonica

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Cynoxylon kousa

 

COMMON NAME:
Kousa Dogwood


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image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_199

May    Henderson County    NC

Creamy, white, taper-pointed bracts are the showy part of the inflorescence, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_205

May    Henderson County    NC

The 5/8" rounded umbels on upright 2" peduncles hold the true flowers, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_209

May    Henderson County    NC

Leaves elliptic-ovate, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_214

May    Henderson County    NC

Bark exfoliating with age, forming a mosaic of gray, tan, and brown, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_222

May    Henderson County    NC

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm190909_1382

September    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Fruits berrylike, ~ 3cm across, resembling large raspberries when ripe, per New Invaders of the Northeast and Northcentral US.

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092120_1793

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092120_1794

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092220_image0

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Stephanie C. Brundage    scb_090821suches07

September    Fannin County    GA

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/26/20):
Benthamidia japonica   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus kousa   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)
Benthamidia japonica

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Cynoxylon kousa

 

Find by scientific name:

3627

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China, Japan & Korea

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Waif(s)

Habitat: Suburban areas, sometimes planted as an ornamental and may persist or seed down in the immediate vicinity of the parent tree, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
4 white or pink bracts surround a cluster of small flowers
Bisexual
4-merous
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish red to red
Drupe

 

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