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Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho'

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Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-10 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


8 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho'

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A Unique and Adorable Tree for Every Season!

Brighten up your landscape with an adorable version of a Dogwood. The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is a Japanese Dogwood that only grows to 8-10 ft., unlike an American Dogwood, which can reach heights of 25 ft. This adorable dogwood makes the perfect addition to pathways, outdoor seating areas and smaller landscapes.

Don't let the miniature size fool you. The Poncho Dogwood may be small, but it is mighty. In fact, it is resistant to diseases that often plague large Dogwoods. Most Dogwoods perform better in shade, but the Poncho can tolerate full sun exposure and still produce vibrant foliage!

There's no maintenance to keep your Poncho thriving. Forget pruning, constant watering, fertilizing or picking up tons of leaves, the Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is one of the easiest trees to care for. After you plant it, just sit back and let it impress you with its fascinating transition through the seasons.

In the spring, expect long-lasting, gorgeous white, green and pink blooms! The actual blooms of the Poncho are small, vibrant green, star-like blossoms. What’s most striking are the large, creamy white bracts that surround the bloom, covering nearly the entire tree! They stick around for a month and then turn into a delicate pink color.

The deep colors of the leaves last through the summer and fall. The forest green, large leaves hang from horizontally arching branches in the summer. When fall arrives, you will watch the strong green transform into elegant, deep purples and reds.

You'll love watching the wildlife devour the berries. In autumn, bright red berries that look like large raspberries fall from the tree. You'll be fascinated as you watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife devour the sweet treats. There's no need to clean them up. Wildlife love them so much, they won't stay on the ground for very long. 

You can even eat the berries… if you get a chance. You'll have fierce competition with all the birds, but if you get the chance, you can eat the berries from the tree. They are safe to eat and many say they taste like apples or apricots. They make a wonderful jam, but they can be eaten raw once they've fallen from the tree.

The Poncho is a showpiece even in the winter. The shape of the bare, horizontal branches in the winter is striking. The bark exfoliates and reveals deep colors of gray and brown. Even in winter, the Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is worth showing off!

The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is the perfect, unique and adorable addition to your landscape. Your neighbors haven't seen anything like it and soon enough, they'll be asking you, "What is that gorgeous tree?" Don't waste any more time and make sure you're the first in your neighborhood to add this incredibly unique tree to your yard!

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After planting, it set out a couple of leaves; but, mostly it just sits there expanding it's root system. I'll know more next spring when it comes out of dormancy.
Little Poncho 3 months after planting
Little Poncho 3 months after planting
November 1, 2017
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood

Little Poncho Dwarf Dogwood Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: The Dwarf Dogwood "Poncho" is so easy to plant and care for. Be sure to find an open space in your yard with 8ft of spacing. If you don't have a lot of room, plant this tree in partial shade to improve its performance. Plant in well-drained soil with mulch or leaves on top of the roots and base of the tree. Try to avoid placing in a space that gets a lot of reflected heat and light. It is very heat tolerant, but you'll want to give it some shade if you live in zone 9.

Watering: There's no need to water your dogwood unless you are going through a period of drought. Make sure your soil is well drained and don't overwater your Poncho. 

Fertilization: There's no need to fertilize the Poncho. It will grow 4-8 inches per year on its own.

Pruning: There's no need to prune the Poncho. You can allow your Poncho to branch towards the ground and take on an elegant silhouette or you can trim the lower branches for a walkway or to show off the bark. The Dwarf Dogwood Poncho looks magnificent when it is lit at night on a walkway.

Pests: The Dwarf Dogwood Poncho is very disease resistant. If you see Aphids, you can spray them with a steady stream of water to get rid of them.

Planting & Care

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size and for the birds
MargeJ on Dec 8, 2017
I really like the dogwood - hoping it compliments my front yard
C D on Nov 8, 2017
size and for the birds
MargeJ on Dec 8, 2017
Based on the picture and description, there is indication it will be a pretty in the spring & summer and provide nice colors in the fall.
Janet B on Nov 13, 2017
I really like the dogwood - hoping it compliments my front yard
C D on Nov 8, 2017
location and for bird habitiat
Lisa L on Oct 19, 2017
I had to do a search on my final exam for Computers in Libraries using only a picture of the leaves and the flowers. When I found that it was a Dwarf Dogwood and read about it I needed to have one planted in my yard to watch and marvel at its seasonal colors. I can't wait to plant it in April!
Kathleen V on Dec 17, 2016
Curious comparison to southern dogwood
Connie S on Oct 16, 2016
perfect size for small space
Thomas A on Oct 9, 2016
Based on the picture and description, there is indication it will be a pretty in the spring & summer and provide nice colors in the fall.
Janet B on Nov 13, 2017
location and for bird habitiat
Lisa L on Oct 19, 2017
how many inches per year does a little Poncho dogwood grow?
Thomas D on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 13"-24" per year, once established.
Are these Dwarf Dogwood trees shipped potted?
Paul S on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes as of right now they will be shipped in pots.
whats the root system like ?
Paul C on Apr 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Dogwood arrived in a decent sized pot. The root system was healthy, soil great quality, and it was not root bound as many I have purchased at Lowe's or Home Depot nurseries.
is this dogwood dear resistant?
Denise L on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are rarely damaged by deer.
The red dogwood tree I have did not like the full sun, will this one be more tolerant or will it need partial shade like the red dogwood tree?
Munir on Oct 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does not like full sun. I purchased 2 and planted one in full sun, one in part. The one in full sun is struggling. The one in part sun is doing much better!
Just wondering how well will this poncho dwaf dogwood would do in full sun?
Dianne P on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do well in Full Sun.

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