Little Poncho Dogwood

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Pristine Spring, Showy Fall Little Poncho Dogwood

  • Petite Kousa Flowering Dogwood Tree
  • Incredible White Flowers Float Above the Branches in Early Spring
  • Creamy White Bracts Surround Olive Green Eyes
  • Long-Lasting Floral Display
  • Butterflies Adore the Blooms
  • Shiny, Dark Green Foliage all Summer Long
  • Fall Color is a Beautiful Mix of Burgundy, Red and Scarlet
  • Local Songbirds Love the Bright, Showy Fruit in Fall
  • Versatile Size Works in Larger and Small Space Landscapes
  • Outspread Branches Create a Gorgeous Feature Plant
  • Perfect for Large Containers
  • Easy-Care
  • Long-Lived

Add ethereal drama to your landscape with this special small accent tree. It's tiny enough to grace patio plantings and use in condo courtyards. You can even grow this desirable variety in large containers.

Gorgeous Little Poncho Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho') features a charming form, with branches that spread wide in horizontal tiers. Whether you have limited garden space, or live large on an acreage or more—you want a plant that gives you multiple seasons of interest.

Little Poncho delivers big in all seasons. When the branches are covered with creamy white blooms for springtime, you'll swear it looks like a living Wedding Cake.

The sophisticated blooms last a long time. Because they are held above the new leaves on top of the branches, Little Poncho's flowers are extraordinarily showy; with four pointed bracts surrounding the olivine orb of tiny true flowers in the center.

You'll see a variety of butterfly visitors to your yard. They really appreciate the flat bracts (much easier to land on!) and the valuable early nectar resource.

Cut a few of the flowering branches for a very special indoor arrangement. Why not add several Little Ponchos to your yard so you have plenty to enjoy on your tablescapes each year?

In early summer, the pointed, glossy leaves come out. They'll wear a dark green cloak for you all season. The branches start low on the canopy, and serve double duty as a beautiful privacy screen.

In fall, it treats you to a vivid color display of multi-hued scarlet red foliage. The trees are decorated with raspberry-red fruits. Look fast to see them, they'll be eaten quickly by hungry songbirds.

The wildlife value of these petite plants can't be understated. Make yourself happy, and thrill your local pollinators and bird populations with this choice.

Even in winter, the pretty textured gray bark and the lovely form add visual interest. Watch as light snowfall is caught and sculpted by the tiered branches.

Grow these versatile trees in full sun or partial shade or in the ground. They work well in large outdoor containers, too. These Kousa Dogwood trees become a wonderful "Thriller" to please you and your guests for many years to come.

Little Poncho Dogwood may be tiny, but they are mighty in terms of their appeal throughout the year. People love their sweet looks, and we'll sell out of this year's crop quickly. Please place your order today!

How to Use Little Poncho Dogwood in the Landscape

Even if your yard is small, you can tuck several of these beautiful trees into place. Plant a row of them along your fence line to create valuable privacy.

Create a solid screen by planting them six feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

No one ever said a "row" had to be straight, either. Perhaps you would enjoy a more natural look of an undulating series of curves.

Add a shorter row of easy-care modern Landscape Roses as a cheery trimming in front. Jazz it up with a few rounded mophead Hydrangeas and contrasting upright spires of Salvia. Then, pop some SUNSPARKLER Sedum at the base of your planting to complete the look.

Enjoy color all season long! You could also add plenty of long-flowering plants, including Coneflower, for a very personal Bird and Butterfly Garden.

Have a drab patio? Add a series of Little Poncho Dogwoods in matching outdoor containers for a high-end, designer look—the easy way!

Take this idea and create a patio planting bed behind your seating area. Use a series of Little Ponchos as ornamentation and blissful privacy screening.

You'll find many ways to use this Kousa Dogwood in your landscape. A single tree makes an exceptional specimen in front of your picture window. A series of three or more can be planted in a loose, informal grouping on a berm.

Try them near the edge of a pond. You'll love seeing the reflection of these shapely small trees in the water.

Site them where you see them from your dock or add a seating area nearby. Allow yourself to spend time contemplating the beauties of nature.

These trees would make a magnificent focal point in an outdoor Meditation Garden. Or, use them in a row to create "living walls" of an outdoor Yoga Studio.

Add to a special Flowering Dogwood collection. This variety blooms a bit later than other varieties, and will help extend that glorious season of spring flowers.


#ProPlantTips for Care

Little Poncho will appreciate a little afternoon shade in the hottest summers. They'll do best with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

These trees prefer well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. If you are growing them in containers, use an Acid Lovers planting mix. In the ground, add a few handfuls of peat moss to the backfill soil.

They love mulch over their root systems. Top with pine bark mulch or pine straw, which will naturally support the soil acidity.

Keep your Little Poncho well-watered with a medium amount of water on a regular basis. Watch containerized trees and young trees in their first season, as they may need more frequent watering. Protect your investment with careful watering.

If needed, prune them to shape after flowering or take the branches in bloom for cut flower arrangements. Make a pruning plan before you start, removing damaged or crossing branches.

Order Little Poncho Dogwood from the expert growers at Nature Hills. You'll fall in love with their graceful form, lovely ornamental features and sturdy nature.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Little Poncho Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green, Yellow
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No