This Dogwood flowers for a long time beginning in late May and often lasts into July. These flowers are a creamy white and they arrive shortly after the leaves emerge.
Fruit is sweet and juicy, it is very nice in small quantities. Very seedy. The skin is rather tough and unpleasant, but the pulp is delicious with a custard-like texture, it is one of our favorite late summer fruits. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter. Young leaves – cooked
Wood - very hard and heavy. Used for mallets etc. The fruit are an important food source for dozens of species of birds, which then distribute the seeds. Birds devour the fruit quickly. Said to be eaten by monkeys in the wild.
The kousa dogwood is one of the American Horticultural Society's "75 Great Plants for American Gardens." Especially noteworthy is the fact that kousa dogwood is resistant to dogwood anthracnose, a fungus disease that has decimated many populations of the American species, flowering dogwood