Cornus kousa, Kousa Dogwood

Size: tree, 20-30' average height and spread at maturity

Buds: flower bud pointed, longer than wide (unlike C. florida), terminal; vegetative buds valvate, close to stem, brownish black

Leaves: deciduous, opposite, 2-4" long, .75-1.75" wide, simple, ovate to elliptic, acuminate, margins entire, dark green to blue green, reddish purple or scarlet in fall

Twigs: brown or tan twig contrasts with dark ring beneath leaf scar, fringe of reddish hairs above leaf scar

Flowers: monoecious, true flowers inconspicuous, 4 bracts creamy, about 2" long

Fruit: pinkish-red or red drupe resembling a soccer ball, .75-1" wide, on a pendulous stem like a cherry, edible

Bark: exfoliating mix of gray, tan, and brown

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