Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3627

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China, Japan & Korea

Documented growing wild in - - -

Look for it in suburban areas (it is 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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cornus kousa   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

 

COMMON NAME:
Kousa Dogwood


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image of Cornus kousa, 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 Cornus kousa, 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 Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_209

May    Henderson County    NC

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

image of Cornus kousa, 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 Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_222

May    Henderson County    NC

image of Cornus kousa, 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.