Chinese Dogwood

Cornus kousa var. chinensis, the Chinese dogwood, is a deciduous tree native to East Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and dark green leaves that turn red in autumn. It produces clusters of white flowers followed by red berries.


The Produce

As the flowers fade, they give way to edible, raspberry-like fruit.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

During the autumnal months, the foliage undergoes a transformation, displaying vibrant shades of red, orange, or purple.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and berries. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Dogwood is known for its striking autumn foliage and its clusters of red berries, which attract birds.

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