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PlantFiles: Kousa Dogwood, Chinese Dogwood, Japanese Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Lustgarten Weeping'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: kousa (KOO-sa) (Info)
Cultivar: Lustgarten Weeping

Synonym:Benthamia kousa

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gonedutch On Sep 29, 2009, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

This is a great plant for four season color and interest. I have this plant growing in my garden for some thirty years; both the clump and single trunk versions. In spring, unlike its American cousin c. florida, it blooms AFTER the foliage appears. In summer it shows its bright-red seed pods that stand erect above the foliage. It is a beloved food for squirrels and birds. I have often eaten the tasty pulp myself, it tastes like banana custard, but I spit out the hard pits and shell.

In fall its foliage turns yellow, then crimson and then chestnut brown before it drops. And, finally, in the winter you are left to admire the great mottled exfoliating bark, with its earth tones color scheme. They do some self sowing but not nearly as much as Norway Maple. And who would not like to have more of these saplings? Deer sure like to browse them. I have supplied many satisfied clients with this specimen.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Winnetka, Illinois
Fairport, New York
Columbus, Ohio

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