It is kept trimmed like an umbrella. The tree responsible is Cornus kousa, or Chinese dogwood. Looks like I will have lots of red berries though. It was absolutely covered with berries………..it looked red when you saw it……….but during the terrible weeks of temps near 0 degrees, it suffered and it looked like the top third simply died. And cut out any damaged branches annually. I feel this is quite early for the mess. Zones 3-8. As the heat of July, August and September arrives, the leaves on mine suffer and curl. It has never gotten much over 8 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. The nursery planted a beautiful established Kousa Dogwood near my house. Chose the one I did because it was just my heigth, 5′ tall so I could easily judge each year how much it had grown. Hope all is well in NJ! Thank you so much for remembering me and my pretty tree. A: Kousa dogwood or any of its varieties grow great in full sun. I received my beautiful 4 foot Kousas 2 yrs ago. Thanks for the help -the tree is fully leafed out and did flower appropriately in the nursery this spring.. So my question is can I plant the berries in pots to grow new trees and then transplant once they are well established? Are these very small trees? But my neighbor has one that gets full sun and it is old and doing well. Good luck. 'Little Beauty' - This plant forms a small, densely branched tree that may never exceed 15' tall. It looks very healthy, but I was wondering if Kousas set their buds in summer or fall like my other dogwoods that are loaded with buds right now. The attractive C. kousa is native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. It has an upright habit, widening with age. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. About An excellent landscape beauty and a hardy tree that can grow and thrive in a variety of conditions. In fact it has been very mild summer. Getting a factory-installed dumbwaiter can cost you thousands. As a young tree, the C. kousa has a different shape with stems stretching upwards in a vase form. But, so far, other than some dry curled leaves, it is still growing and is now about 10 ft. tall. In what part of the USA do you live? They do not have the nutritional value of our native dogwoods. chinensis (Chinese dogwood). the tree is about 10 feet tall and fairly round and full. It’s about 4 foot tall. It bloomed heavily in the spring. Thanks so much!! I live in southern calif. zone 9. Dogwoods need water in dry weather to keep the hot afternoon sun away. You can be a steward of your little piece of land. If your trees are small, they just may be becoming accustomed to their home. december in kentucky, plant now or pot it till spring? 72. It is often planted as an ornamental in the United States and is related to many shrubs and small trees throughout both Asia and North America. Even the fruit which are small & green are falling off. I was actually considering a Smoke Tree. It looked so pretty in the catalog but it grew in strange shapes and was not attractive……..more of a conversation piece. Dogwoods, unless otherwise stated, prefer a cool sunny site and can tolerate light shade. If it doesn’t have buds on it now will it not bloom this spring? I love all the great information in this column. Dogwoods should be planted in autumn or early spring, and never in summer when it is hot and dry. Maybe I will select a site with more shade but still in the front yard. Trying to do it by seed is almost an impossibility from what I read. You have entered an incorrect email address! It was planted in the heat of early August and it made it. I had heard that dogwoods didn’t bloom for 8 years, so I wasn’t too worried about mine until it passed that point. That is when I found out it was a Kousa Dogwood instead of a Pink Dogwood. Should I prune the botton or wait until the fall. The American dogwood and cornus kousa chinensis get occasionally infested with a fungus (anthracnose). Another has a weeping cherry and it blooms a bit and it not as dense as the mulberry. I love my Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. My neighbor has a kousa dogwood that grows really well in our area and I want to reproduce it. My kousa is about 25 to 30 feet tall. Or can I try planting the berries? I have a 7-8 foot Kousa Dogwood that has not grown or filled out in the 4 years I’ve lived in my home. When you think about all the millions of kousa dogwoods planted all over instead of native dogwoods, you can imagine the loss to our birds.”. Step 5 Place the dogwood tree where it will be exposed to morning sunlight but protected from the sun during hot afternoons. I will keep watching as I may be expecting blooms too early especially since we have had a particularly wet and cold Spring this year. One listener is working on a dumbwaiter installation after seeing Danny install one in his home. I saw a corpus kousa “wolf eyes” and loved it. Becky………..I am in East Tennessee and I had to smile when you mentioned that your hummingbirds use it as a rest stop. Yours will be stunning in a few weeks….as will mine. The hole should not be deep, but it should be extra wide to allow the roots to easily grow outwards. Clusters of red berries follow in autumn. I just purchased a pink kousa dogwood about 4 feet tall. I supported the two limbs that had the split with stretch wrap…..i made a figure 8 around the limbs to give it strength. Just bought a Milky Way Kousa Dogwood. My Kousa gets about the same amount of sun and though the tag on it said full sun to partial shade, I am wondering if too much sun is the problem. My Chinese Dogwood is about 10 or 12 yrs old and this is the first time I have red seed pods. I have a Kouza about 6 ft tall and 5 years in the ground . Edible Garden The leaves do curl during the summer. It has been growing well and is probably close to six feet but unusually shaped. Please always check with your local government regarding the tree preservation bylaws for your area, as pruning or removal may require a permit. I wrote in early May that my Kousa didn’t show evidence of blooming. I was given it when my mother died and frankly I never thought it would survive. I have a Foster Holly that is about 8 years old and 15 feet tall. Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. Nevertheless, the C. nuttallii is spectacular, with its white bracted flowers blooming in spring. They naturally grow in a pleasing umbrella shape that works well as a specimen or border tree. I can tell you, it did not survive the mis-treatment they did. Any ideas of why this happening or is this normal & I just forgetting?. As for Cathy…I had a similar issue with mine. Thanks so much!! Hope I helped a bit. But it does not seem to hurt the tree. Good luck! Happy summer, almost! I am trying to picture your tree after the snow and from what I see in my mind, I somehow doubt that taping it will work long time. It has not been as hot in East Tennessee this summer and I think that is why!~. The flower bracts are white, and the contrast between the red fruit and gold-splashed foliage can be striking. I am certainly no expert on Kousa Dogwoods but I am wondering if maybe some light pruning might help. Lol. Test the soil before watering and irrigate when the upper 3 to 4 inches are dry. Annmarie, I wouldn’t worry to much about it not blooming yet. Maybe someone who knows more than I do will help you. Beautiful exfoliating bark on Japanese Kousa dogwood provide winter interest. Mulch. We would suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association. The size of Dogwood shrubs makes them suitable for small gardens, but they are equally good for adding winter interest to borders in larger gardens. Actually, its flowers are quite small. We don’t offer information on home builders, repairers and suppliers, as this varies by location, but we encourage checking your local phone listings for this information. They do not like heat. I would like to plant it but where? Many thanks…..Cathy, Hi, Kousa dogwoods have creamy-white to pink, pointed bracts that arrive after the tree has leafed out, giving a deep green backdrop to the star-like blooms. Blooming Season: Late Spring / Early Summer, When To Prune: Mid to Late Winter (see more information below), Cold Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew, two diseases that often plague flowering dogwoods. Can I plant in full sun? His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons. Kousa dogwood. And it can extend to branches. HI I have a kousas dogwood tree that appears to have damage in the middle of it and never grew leaves and looks dead, but the outside branches are green, do we trim down the middle or hope it comes back or treat it? I want it to be a tree not a bush. It flowers every year. If the limbs are dead, no leaves or flowers will ever appear. I pruned mine very little and when I did, it was very lightly. Thanks for helping me—. Pruning is best done in winter when the tree is dormant. Our Garden Projects Minimal litter, other than the fall leaf drop. It blooms around late spring and early summer, attracting bees and butterflies. I know this answer is not much help. Dianne, the tree is trying so hard …….there is a crack.it was at least 6 inches wide and now it is about 2 inches……will keep you updated. So now if there’s a drought you have all this extra foliage holding water that the roots can’t get. Is it normal for the tree to have variegated leaves? The dogwood berries are edible though not tasty to us but enjoyed by birds and squirrels. Is it okay to plant this near the house if I plan to keep it small? Below find information how to plant dogwoods, tips on dogwood tree care including pruning guidelines and disease problems that affect some dogwoods. I have a Kousa dogwood that I planted last spring. From ourhabitatgarden.org: “Our native birds co-evolved with much smaller berries, like the size of the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) or the pagoda dogwood (C. alternifolia) berries—berries small enough to just swallow whole, which they do. It blooms very nicely. Tips to Stay Cool at Home This Summer | Ep. Chrissy, Sounds like you have a problem similar to what I had with my Kousa given to me by my son about 12 years ago. my tree is standing tall now and still has most it’s leaves . It is considered a small to a medium-sized tree reaching upwards to 6-9 metres (20-30 feet) and the same wide with full maturity. Our 15 year old Kousa dogwood has started to ooze an odorless and colorless liquid on some of the main branches. Trimming and Shaping a 21 Year Old Kousa Dogwood Tree to some great local Music. Every year I have a branch or two that dies & has to be cut off. Diane, I live in East TN. Drought? Perhaps if you do trim away the part that is affected, it will fill in on it’s own over a year or so. C. ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’: Height up to 6 metres (20 feet). If no Kousa will fit this location, does anyone have a suggestion for a small tree to center a flower bed in this location? Thanks for the advice. It is a beautiful tree but rarely blooms. The C. nuttallii is not as hardy as the C. kousa. Is there something I need to do to get it to bloom? Thanks for answering, Diane. They are still green, of course. The shrub’s showiness comes from large white bracts that dwarf the true flowers. Thank you for your help. It is sitting bare and it is June 20. The C. kousa is grown for its flowers in addition to its hardy, dependable nature. Plant Profile: Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) Today’s Plant Profile is about one of my favorite small trees: the Kousa Dogwood ( Cornus kousa ). It takes the shape of an umbrella, and is perfect as a specimen tree. I hope yours is as tough as mine. Is in protected area — but still gets 12 hours of sun. Pruning: Regular trimming isn’t necessary with Kousa dogwood, but you may want to selectively prune your tree in order to show off the dramatic branches and bark. I will let you know if I have a good bloom or not. Nothing else about the tree looks diseased so I think I’ll wait awhile to see what happens. One of our favourite deciduous trees in our garden is the Cornus kousa dogwood. It took me a long time to see this and my native plant garden is fabulous. Which affects mainly the C. nuttallii and the C. florida species. When I moved, it was December and couldn’t get one at that time. Watering: Irrigate your Kousa dogwood during drought. The leaves are variegated and a bit burnt on the edges. All rights reserved. It had been windy here in RI. Thank you. See below for other recommended dogwood trees. Good luck after all you have been thru in NJ. I have been looking for a Dogwood tree that would grow in my area (South Dakota, zone 4). This year it was covered with potential buds but when all the other Kousas in and around us started to bloom my Kousa buds and early leaves started drying up. The kousa dogwood is an Asian variety of our own native dogwood, but has its own unique beauty and is resistant to many of the diseases that affect the North American Dogwood. Should I ever have one come up from seed under mine, I will let you know. Can some one help? Is this natural or is it being stressed? The dogwood berries are attractive too during late summer and autumn, and are very popular with birds, especially our local flickers, as well as squirrels. thanks for your idea dianne about using fabric to bind cut….may give it a try as summer ends…….at the moment the supports seem to be working……enjoy the week. Will it damage or kill the tree. I hope someone else can help you with a better answer than I was able to give. Was the tree terribly stressed for any reason last fall. Keep it watered, don’t let it dry out. the nursery we bought the tree from said it would be helpful to do this for our tree. I first cut it back to see if that would help but no luck. thank you dianne………i am sure your mom is always saying hello… I live in south central NY state. would love to have a wolf eyes if it doesn’t get too tall. 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