Botanical Name: Cornus Kousa
Height: 15 - 25 feet tall, vase shaped, strong.
Spacing: 18 - 20 feet.
Depth: Soak the roots 2 - 6 hours before planting. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Plant so the stain on the trunk is the same level as previously planted. Work the soil around the roots and water thoroughly.
Spread: 18 - 20 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Color: White, blossoms are not fragrant.
Foliage: Elliptic to ovate leaves, purple and scarlet in Fall.
Blooms: Early Summer for several weeks.
Fruit: Large, pendulous, dull, red, raspberry looking fruit 1 - 1 1/2 inches diameter.
Form: Deciduous perennial tree.
Flower Form: Insignificant, set in the center of four large decorative bracts 1 - 2 inches long and 1/4 - 3/4 inches wide.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, humus enriched, acidic soil.
Growth Rate: Slow to medium growth rate.
Pruning: Only for aesthetics in February.
Comments: One of the most outstanding ornamental trees. A beautiful horizontal branching habit on a vase shaped silouette that is attractive year-round, large showy flowers, large red fruit in late Summer - Fall and handsome foliage that turns a rich scarlet in the Fall. As the tree matures the bark exfoliates, developing a beautiful mottled coloration in grey, cinnamon, brown and beige. The "flowers" are on 1 - 1 1/2 inch stems and lay flat on top of the foliage, covering the whole tree in a drift of color. A magnificent tree for all seasons. Best grown in open shade.
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