The Japanese flowering dogwood (scientific name Cornus kousa) is a popular ornamental tree that is closely related to the flowering dogwood. It is desired for its showy flowers, bright red to purple fall foliage and colorful peeling bark.
The Japanese flowering dogwood is native to Japan, Korea and China. It has been spread all over the world as a popular landscape plant for its flowers and foliage.
Japanese flowering dogwood is a small deciduous tree reaching 20 to 30 feet tall with a rounded shape. The leaves are dark green with small flowers surrounded by white bracts that fade to pink.
Japanese flowering dogwood grows in USDA zones 5 through 8. It prefers partial shade to full sun and a rich acidic well-draining soil that remains moist.
Japanese flowering dogwood is a good choice for a garden or lawn tree. It also makes a nice accent plant near borders or in small groves.
There are several widely grown varieties of Japanese flowering dogwood including weeping forms. "Milky Way" flowers heavily with large bracts and is one of the most common types.