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Kousa Dogwood
(Cornus kousa)

Donated by Craig Roper
Tree Map Location: # 30
In Honor of Donna Hilgenbrink

Kousa Dogwood tree Kousa Dogwood leaf Kousa Dogwood flower Kousa Dogwood fruit

Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate with an entire margin, arcuate venation, 2 1/2 to 4 inches long, 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide, shiny dark green above, paler below with some tufts of golden-brown hair present particularly at base of petiole.  
Flower: Monoecious; white to slightly yellow-white bracts surround a cluster of small inconspicuous flowers; white bracts are very showy, 2 to 3 inches across and often cover the entire plant in late spring (after flowering dogwood).  
Fruit: Very unusual, edible drupe, light red to pink in color, round and 1 to 1 1/2 inches across; yellowish orange inside and contains stony pits, borne on a 1 1/2 to 2 inch stalk, ripen in late summer to early fall.  
Twig: Slender, with initially some purple or green but later turning light brown; leaf buds resemble a cat claw, flower buds are considerably larger and heart-shaped.  
Bark: Initially smooth and light brown, later exfoliating into small patches forming a tan and brown camouflage pattern.  
Form: Typically multiple stems, wide branching reaching a height of 30 feet.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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