Milky Way Kousa Dogwood

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Ornamental Trees

Bloom Spring, Bloom Summer, Flower (White), Kousa



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The 'Milky Way' kousa differentiates itself by flowering a large quantity of creamy white flowers and visible (even edible) red fruit. It is a medium sized tree that typically matures to a height of 15 to 20 ft. and has a mature spread of 15 to 20 feet. It is said that the cultivar got its name because the flowers in bloom emulate the billions of stars in the milky way galaxy clustering, swirling, and appearing in abundance. 

Bloom Color:White
Bloom Period:Early summer
Fall Color:Red
Foliage Color:Dark green
Genus & Species:Cornus kousa chinensis 'Milky Way'
Growth Rate:Medium
Mature Height:15 to 20 ft.
Mature Spread:15 to 20 ft.
Soil Type:Moist, well-drained
Sun Exposure:Full sun, Partial shade
Zone:5 to 8

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

Caring for Dogwoods - Cornus

With dogwoods care should be taken in selecting an appropriate planting site. The dogwood evolved in the border regions of forests, and as a result prefers soil that drains well, but holds moisture. Standing water or very wet soil will not allow enough oxygen to the roots, and can suffocate the plant. Amending your soil with compost in advance of planting and maintaining a 3-4 ft. ring of organic mulch through each season will greatly benefit your dogwood.

Dogwoods are adaptable to full sun, but a tree in full sun will be under more stress than one planted in partial sun, partial shade, or dappled light. If a tree is in full sun, special care should be taken to provide good soil conditions, remove competitive grass , and mulch in a 3-4 foot ring. Additional watering may be required for a dogwood in full sun and water should be applied slowly and deeply to the area surrounding the tree.