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White Kousa Dogwood

White Kousa Dogwood

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This is a very disease resistant dogwood with delicate white blooms in the spring. The foliage turns a pretty purple in the fall. The Kousa Dogwood is a good choice for a foundation planting.

*images shown are of mature plants

White Kousa Dogwood

Beautiful All Year Round


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

3-4 ft.

Ships Tomorrow
Thu, Jan 29
List: $ 99.90
Sale: $ 64.94
6 at $ 61.69 each
White Kousa Dogwood
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Dogwood Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 12.94
Planting Mix for Dogwood Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your White Kousa Dogwood get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
White Kousa Dogwood
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

Highly disease resistant and trouble free. 

White springtime blooms and red berries last for months, followed by striking red and purple hues just in time for the autumn season. 

Even in winter, the eye-catching bark and form of the Kousa bring a unique beauty to your landscape. 

Distinctive vase shape makes this tree ideal for border and foundation planting, though it can stand alone as a showpiece tree with ease. 

Attracts wildlife of all sorts, and provides a safe haven for birds in the winter time! Its small frame makes it ideal for tight areas, especially for under power lines! 

The shallow root system of the Kousa makes it a perfect tree to plant near homes without fear of the roots damaging any structures. 

The Kousa Dogwood flowers about a month later than the standard Dogwood. It has leaves when it flowers, which make an attractive backdrop. Kousa seems to do better at temperature extremes, both cold and hot.









Growing Zones: 5-8

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cornus kousa
Does not ship to: AZ, FL
Growing Zones 5-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-8
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your White Kousa Dogwood

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your White Kousa Dogwood.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your White Kousa Dogwood gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your White Kousa Dogwood again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Trees arrived in good shape. I planted them a few days later and they are growing well.
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December 31, 2012
STUNNING! We have one of these beautiful trees in our landscape beds a mere 5ft from the house, it is small and STUNNING people constantly stop in front of our house and ask what kind of tree it is! We live in Michigan and the blossoms are always out and in full color by my birthday, June 9th!
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December 31, 2012
I purchased approx 15 dogwoods and these were the only ones that didn't bloom this year except for the ones we spoke of that had died. The tree looked fine just no blooms the first year . Hoping for blooms in the spring and if not I will look further into the problem but loved the plant it was pretty and full.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Ordered a small Kousa Dogwood last year. In advance of receiving the tree I amended the soil, built a little area about 5' diameter and then when it arrived, I planted the tree promptly, following the instructions. I left a small part of the large upper roots (forget what they're called) slightly exposed based on reading about these trees, and mulched the entire area. It just looked like a bent dead stick for a long time, and seemed to take forever to leaf out, but I watered faithfully and the Kousa turned out to be a lovely tree with vibrant Autumn foliage, and has straightened out as well. It is showing signs of life this winter season so I expect it will leaf out sooner this year.
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December 31, 2012
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great tree, but I haven't had enough time to evaluate it
I just got my second one, and I will have to wait til spring to see how it survives. I plan on protecting it from deer and the elements and can't wait til it grows and flowers.
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November 4, 2014
5 months ago
I love the holly. I'm thinking I might have to snip a bit from the bush at work. Ha! I'm all about using what you have or a tiny bduegt! I LOVE seeing others creativity in this manner. So I can't wait to see what else you do!
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December 31, 2012
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We're looking for a bush/small tree and this White Kousa Dogwood sounds like it might work. How much of the 3-4 foot tree is "trunk" and how much would be branches/leaves? Anyway we could see an example of one that would be shipped before we buy?
terri m on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: I've only had mine for 17 months, but the branches start very low to the ground, maybe only a foot from the grass. It has grown about 3 feet and bushed out a lot since I bought it--lots of leaves, tons of flowers, and now, in the fall, really pretty red berries.
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when can you prune branches and shape tree?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: Since my Kousa is only one year old----I don't know the answer to this. It's too soon to prune yet. But I will say this Dogwood stood tall during the severe winter we had here in the Mountains and looks very lush and green right now. Probably won't see any flowers until next year, and then we can talk about pruning.
Reply · Report · Lynn S on Jun 6, 2014
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How many years for the Kousa Dogwood to mature?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not an expert but the white ones I purchased for my neighbor grow VERY slowly. I tried to warn her that they would take a long time to mature. I purchased the pink kousas for under the power lines at my house. They definitely grow faster than the white ones. This is my third Spring with the pinks and they have grown about 4 feet taller and about 2 feet wide. The stems are still small - maybe 2.5 to 3 inches around. My understanding is that the dogwoods are simply slow growers, with those white ones being slower than the pink ones. Once they get fully established, I think they start picking up the pace a bit.
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Our dogwood needs pruning - what is the best way to do this and still keep the lovely form? We need to keep the height to about 12 ft.
Susan P on Jun 16, 2014
Best Answer: In the fall when your tree is dormant cut back the branches to your desired shape and height. Make the cuts are 45 degree angles facing upwards to promote new growth.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 19, 2014
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would kousa dogwood tree survive in zip 18210 pa if I plant it in august?
phyll on Jul 30, 2014
Best Answer: I purchased this tree in the very early spring (I live in CT) last year (2013) and planted it in April. It did great. It's doubled in size and though it didn't produce flowers the first spring, I had tons of long-lasting flowers this season. It stood up well to our brutal winter last year. Having said that, I would not plant it later in the season since it will still be very fragile/young during the first onset of cold weather. I personally would wait until spring.
Reply · Report · Wendy C on Jul 30, 2014
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what are the berries, seeds, or edible?
windy s on Sep 12, 2014
Best Answer: None of these - have had Kousa Dogwood trees for a good many years -the bi red "berries" just fall to the ground - I simply leave them year after year as I think they are attractive spread on the ground under the trees. I have never racked them up and have had no problem - I do mulch my trees each fall..
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my dogwood tree has tiny white flowers early now little berries , when I bought it he said it was a padgoda Dogwood do you have them ?? my tree is dieing
Dottie L on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Our White Kousa Dogwood is the Cornus kousa variety also known as the Padgoda which produces berries.

Please contact our knowledgeable staff about the condition of your tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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Hi ~ I was wanting to order a standard white dogwood but it is sold out. Could you tell me if you know when they will be available again? Also, what is the main difference between the white dogwood & the white kousa dogwood (since it is available)? Thanks, JT
JuTun on Dec 29, 2014
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what is the latin name of this cultivar or which variety is it?
deb h on Nov 4, 2014
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.