The Beauty of a Kousa Dogwood

Big Kousa Dogwood tree
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FUN FACT:  Those beautiful white flowers on the Kousa Dogwood are not actually flowers at all. They are modified leaves called “Bracts”. These surround a tiny yellow/green flower. Info from Arborday.org

Every June I look forward to going on a bike ride and seeing these stunning ornamental trees in full bloom as I go. What am I talking about? You got it…Kousa Dogwood.

Kousa Dogwood trees are known for their beauty in bloom for most of the month of June. This ornamental tree is an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. The Kousa is a hearty tree that grows well in zones 5-8 and is generally from 15-28 feet in height. The tree is visually beautiful year-round. In spring, it produces a heavenly array of star-like blooms. In summer, its layered branches provides shade and beauty. In autumn, it offers spectacular bright red color.

Even in winter, this tree has an appeal all its own with bark that resembles a camouflage pattern.

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