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Kousa Dogwood, Chinese Dogwood, Japanese Dogwood 'Wolf Eyes'

Cornus kousa

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: kousa (KOO-sa) (Info)
Cultivar: Wolf Eyes
Synonym:Benthamia kousa



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing


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

Marietta, Georgia

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Pepperell, Massachusetts

Columbiaville, Michigan

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Boone, North Carolina

Gates Mills, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio

Springfield, Oregon

Butler, Pennsylvania

Morton, Pennsylvania

Orlean, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2017, PhillyLover from Philadelphia Suburbs, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Slow-growing, beautiful small tree/large shrub. Had mine planted in 3/4 day of full sun and that caused leaf curling and scorch by June ever year. However, too much sun caused no permanent damage from year to year.

This spring transplanted it to an area that gets full morning sun and shade from 2 pm or so on. Hoping that is shady enough in our hot summers to keep the foliage from burning.

It is about 4'x4' in size and was planted 4 years ago from a 5 gal pot.


On Jun 8, 2005, irmaly from boone, NC (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is absolutely one of my favorite trees. But don't be fooled by the "will take more sun." Even here in the northwestern mountains of NC, where eighty degrees is a heat wave, we lost our first attempt at this tree from having it in full sun. Our second try is an understory tree and it is WONDERFUL.


On Apr 29, 2003, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

The outstanding attribute of this cultivar is the strong variegation with cream on the outside edges and green in the center of the leaves. Reportedly more tolerant of sun of the variegated varieties, but this cultivar still should be shaded from the afternoon southern sun. Another great kousa dogwood.