Cornus kousa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cornus kousa Benthamidia kousa is a species of deciduous tree belonging to to the family Cornaceae. Description

It is a small deciduous tree that reaches a size of 8-12 m in height, native to East Asia. Like most wild cherry trees, it has the opposite, simple leaves of 4-10 cm long. The tree is very striking when it is in bloom, but what appear to be four white petal flowers are actually fully open bracts beneath the greenish-yellow cluster. The flowers appear in spring. The fruit is globous a pink to red berry of 2-3 cm in diameter, although these berries tend to grow more toward the end of the season. It is edible, in addition to a sweet and delicious tree of ornamental value. The fruit is sometimes used to make wine.

It is resistant to the disease of anthracnose, caused by the fungus Destructive Disciple , unlike C. florida , which is very susceptible and commonly killed by it; for this reason, C. kousa is being widely planted as an ornamental tree in areas affected by the disease. A number of hybrids between C. kousa and C. Florida have also been selected for their resistance to diseases and the appearance of flowers.

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The fall foliage is a striking red color.

Cornus kousa was described by F.Buerger ex Miq. and published in Annales Museum Botanicum Lugduno-Batavi 2: 159. 1865.