Venus® Dogwood - Cornus Kousa

Status: Out of Stock
Mature Height: 20 to 25 ft.
Mature Spread: 25 to 30 ft.
Proper Name: Cornus kousa 'Venus'

Collections: Full Sun, Ornamental - Dogwood C. Kousa, Part Shade/Sun

Product type: Ornamental Trees

Tags: Bloom Spring, Bloom Summer, Flower (White), Full Sun, Large Blooms, Ornamental Bark, Part Shade, Part Sun, Weeping


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Venus Dogwoods have huge flowers. You really have to see them in context to understand how large they are compared to other dogwoods. If you need to compensate for anything in your life Venus has you covered. Six to eight inch diameter bracts appear on the tree in late May early June lasting a few weeks before giving way to a very lovely kousa dogwood.

The kousa dogwood is an Asian variety of our own native dogwood, but has its own unique beauty and is resistant to many of the diseases that affect the North American Dogwood. When I think about cornus kousa, I think of beautiful oblong dogwood  blooms in the garden in early summer when our native dogwood species have already lost their blooms. The fruit of cornus kousa is larger than that of our native dogwood and edible, making it a bird magnet for a few weeks in the fall. Kousa leaves are smoother and longer than the the leaves of the native dogwood with a deep green in the summer. In the fall, the kousa takes on a variegated orange, red and green that is more symmetrical and organized than the swirling psychedelic displays put on by our native dogwoods. The branch structure of the weeping kousa is also lovely, with six branches appearing at each node and growing downward symmetrically from the stem to create an elegant cascade effect. Care should be taken when pruning as inexperience can result in diminishing, rather than improving, the cascade effect. Kousa dogwoods are resistant, but not immune, to borers and common dogwood fungal diseases. Like with all dogwoods, care should be taken to provide well draining soil rich in organic matter, and trees should receive extra care and mulch if planted in direct sunlight.

Bloom Color:White
Bloom Period:Early summer
Fall Color:Red, orange, yellow, green in a variegated symmetrical pattern
Foliage Color:Dark green
Genus & Species:Cornus kousa 'Venus'
Growth Rate:Moderate
Mature Height:20 to 25 ft.
Mature Spread:25 to 30 ft.
Soil Type:Moist, well-drained
Sun Exposure:Partial shade, partial sun. Will tolerate full sun, but mulch and soil quality are important.
Zone:5 to 9

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Keren Pickard
Best Quality and thorough instructions

We are thrilled with our new tree! It is leafing out already and is in great shape after delivery. Thanks for the service!

Robert Grenkowitz
Venus - very happy with height 5.5ft

2nd Venus purchased - Came with a great root ball. Side branches some would say short, but not me as this kousa dog will branch over our gazebo with the weeping form - want it high branching to enjoy bark. Branch tips very vibrant with nice new buds on ends. All there other trees we got this spring have really taken off and grew 1.5ft. The first "Venus" this spring has put on nice side branches about 16" and grew taller by about 18"

Robert Grenkowitz
"Venus" Kousa took right off after planting.

Would buy from them again - all 5 trees doing well - like their new packaging method to ship to keep roots growing when you plant it.