Japanese Dogwood Tree
Japanese Dogwoods or Kousa Trees Bloom After The Regular Dogwoods
Almost 30 years ago, a friend of ours gave us a Kousa Tree, also known as a Japanese Dogwood Tree, because I had admired the one in their yard. They are very interesting trees and so much fun to watch. It blooms after our other dogwoods and looks a little different.
In the summer it will form red berries and will be filled with them. I didn't know until I created this page that you could actually eat these red berries from the Kousa Tree. We have our tree near our fish pond so we enjoy looking at it very often. I wonder if the fish enjoy the berries?
Japanese Dogwoods or Kousa Trees do very well in upstate South Carolina and are popular because they are showy and resistant to the dogwood disease that effects so many of the North American Blooming Dogwoods.
Update Note: May 5, 2012 - I am looking out the window in my office and see that our Japanese Dogwood is full of blooms getting ready to open completely. I am making a mental note to take lots more pictures.
I have certainly enjoyed the many visits and comments to this page and have been taught a few things about the Japanese Dogwood at the same time
Photo: Photo taken by Ohme in her yard. The photos on this page are the private property of Nancy Hellams are not to be copied.
Kousa Tree Berries
What Is A Japanese Dogwood or Kousa Dogwood Tree?
Japanese Dogwood or Kousa is also known as the Japanese Flowering Dogwood
According to Wikipedia, The Kousa Dogwood is native to Eastern Asia and is a small deciduous tree with simple leaves like most dogwoods. Our Kousa Dogwood Tree is not small by any means and can grow to over 20 feet high.
I did not know until I read it on Wikipedia that the fruit or berries are edible. I have never tried them but know that they are pretty and really make a show when the whole tree is covered. They also make a big mess when they are falling off the tree as they get to be a pretty large size unusual berry.
Japanese Dogwood Close Up Picture - Shows the White Bract of the Kousa
How is the blossom of a Japanese Dogwood different from that of a North American Flowering Dogwood?
Japanese Dogwood and The North American Flowering Dogwood Are Both Enjoyed In Pendleton SC
The blossom of the Japanese Dogwood is like the North American Flowering Dogwood in that the white "flowers" are really the bracts and the flowers are the greenish yellow part.
This close up of the white bracts will show the way they look different. Notice that the ends are pointed instead of rounded. They usually bloom a month after the North American Flowering Dogwood. Pendleton SC is in upstate South Carolina and must have the perfect climate for them because they really make a show around our town during the month of May.
The shape of the tree itself is also different as the Japanese Dogwood usually grows up and tall not like the sprawling North American Flowering Dogwood. You might have seen one and thought that it looked a little different but really not recognize what the difference are unless they are growing side by side.
Comparison Of The Japanese Dogwood and The North American Dogwood - The Bract of the both the Japanese Dogwood and The N.A. Flowering Dogwood
Pendleton South Carolina's Historic Village Green Has Japanese Dogwoods - These Kousa Trees Are Still Relatively Young
I love this scene of the Japanese Dogwood on our Village Green with the Guard House in the background. Do you think it is because it also shows the bench that I claim as mine because it has my name on it?
Edible Red Berries of the Japanese Dogwood Tree - Have you tried to eat the fruit of the Kousa Tree or Japanese Dogwood?Click thumbnail to view full-size
Have you ever eaten the fruit of the Kousa Tree? - I haven't eaten the fruit of the Kousa Tree but some folks have. Have You?
I have a friend who had an allergic reaction just by touching the berry so be very careful.
Have you eaten the Japanese Dogwood Berries?
Our Japanese Dogwood Tree - Pendleton South Carolina
We have thoroughly enjoyed this tree. I have a perfect view of it out of my office window. It has really grown over the years. Thank goodness it survived the flood of 2013.
Photo by OhMe
Informative Video About The Kousa Dogwood
Another Interesting Kousa Video by Millie Davenport
Our Tree Is Getting So Big - We continue to enjoy it
Photo Credit: Photo taken by my 13 year old grandson May 2013. I think he has a good eye, don't you? I will be asking him to take more photos for me.