Home > Flowering Trees > Dogwood Trees > White Kousa Dogwood

White Kousa Dogwood 

Detailed images

White Kousa Dogwood

White Kousa Dogwood

*images shown are of mature plants

Pam's Picks
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.

White Kousa Dogwood

Beautiful All Year Round

This item is currently SOLD OUT

You may be interested in the products below

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 recommended for zones: 5-8
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone:
X - Clear Zone

cannot find zip code, please re-enter
loading loading...

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.

4.6 / 5.0
7 Reviews
Growth Rate
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes (8) No (1) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (8) No (3) · Flag as Inappropriate
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (4) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
Trees arrived in good shape. I planted them a few days later and they are growing well.
Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
Kousa Dogwood Delight
My Kousa Dogwood bloomed the second year and following that was covered with blooms each spring. Fast growing, easy care and It is a delight to see. I enjoy the fact that it blooms after the other Dogwood trees so you have a longer time of enjoying the blooms.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
May 15, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Growth Rate
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
November 4, 2014
11 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!
Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (3) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
Browse 13 questions and 24 answers
Hide answersShow all answers | Sort by
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
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (6)
what is the latin name of this cultivar or which variety is it?
deb h on Nov 4, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (4)
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.
Reply · Report · Wendy C on Sep 12, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (3)
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
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
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.
Reply · Report · Kevin N on May 31, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
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
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
I live near the gulf cost in Alabama. Our yard used to be covered in beautiful Dogwoods but have all died due to a blight? , disease affecting dogwoods in this area. Would love to replace. Do you think if I purchase dogwoods from your company to plant, that they would be subject to same?
Julie R on Feb 4, 2015
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
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
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
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..
Reply · Report · Betty T on Sep 14, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
my new kousa dogwood is about 6 feet tall with leaves all the way to the ground. I want it to look like a tree not a bush, should I cut the stems near the bottom and if so how far up should I go?
mfoley on Jun 30, 2015
Best Answer: You can certainly prune off the bottom branches of your Cornus kousa if you want to show the trunk of the tree. I would start with 18-20 inches from the ground, and as the tree gets older and bigger, you can limb it up to a higher height until you have the amount of clearance you want.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 1, 2015
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
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
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
Is this deer resistant?
Karen C on May 6, 2015
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
the power line people are going to cut down to the ground 12 of our trees ,and there is nothing we can do. we are in our 70 and can't wait forever for trees to grow .what is a fast going tree that won't get into the power lines and still give us shade ?
chloe on Jan 29, 2015
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted.

Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99.00-$148.99 32% of order

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

Tree before pruning Tree after pruning Rose before pruning Rose after pruning
Maple Tree before pruning Maple Tree after pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose before pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose after pruning

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.

Related Items...