National Kousa Dogwood Tree

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Rejoice in the new growing season with this lively choice! National Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'National') is one of the earliest Dogwoods to start blooming each year! Custom fit these upright white flowering trees to your landscape with a bit of strategic pruning. Graceful National Kousa Flowering Dogwood works to elevate the tone of your landscape all year!

You'll want to study the exquisite rounded, creamy-white bracts that float above the branches and give National's flowering such a unique look. Snip a few small branches for clean, spare indoor flower arrangements. Accept all the compliments on your effortlessly elegant tablescape. There will be plenty of tiny, light green, true blooms left over to provide valuable nectar. Dogwoods are magnets for bees and butterflies and other helpful pollinators.

As nighttime temperatures dip in the autumn, the pointed leaves turn a pretty mix of crimson, burgundy, and fiery bright red for superior fall foliage. Look closely for the red raspberry-shaped berries before local songbirds take them for a nutrient-rich snack!

Even in winter, the bare branches and vase-shaped habit deliver an outstanding architectural accent. Hardy and adaptable throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 9, forming a large, rounded 20-25 feet tall and wide canopy!

Planting and Application:

Gorgeous National Kousa Dogwood gives you multiple seasons of interest. Run a series of these deciduous trees as a large-scale screen at your property line or along your driveway for a fantastic garden feature! Add one if space is limited...or include several in a wonderfully naturalistic grouping on larger properties! The National Kousa Dogwood easily anchors a lawn planting.

Give them a high-profile location. There is perhaps no better tree to reflect at the far end of a pond. Rippling water only adds to the beauty of these trees with their textured gray bark and drooping, dark green leaves. Uplight your National Kousa with exterior lighting to make the most of this structural specimen.

Perfect in the Zen garden, a Moon Garden, or as a prominent shade and accent tree by your backyard seating areas and BBQ pit! Anyplace you like to bird watch or pollinator spot, this tree is ideal for attracting both throughout the year!

  • Earlier Spring Display Than Other Dogwoods
  • Pristine Flower Bracts Feature Unique Rounded Edges
  • Tiny True Flowers Provide Nectar for Butterflies & Beneficial Pollinators
  • Vigorous, Lovely Vase-Shape & Dark Green Foliage
  • Leaves Develop Brilliant Hues of Red in Fall
  • Dark Red Fall Fruit Feeds Birds
  • Exceptional Flowering Accent, Shade, Specimens & Wildlife-Friendly

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Kousa Dogwood Trees are incredibly versatile when planted properly in full sun to partial shade with well-drained soil. Give your tree the extra treatment it deserves by planting a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree to ensure even moisture, not to mention the difference it can make on the overall physical appearance of your landscaping. Prune Dogwood to shape when dormant, and remove water growth or suckers after flowering. Decide what you want to keep first, then remove crossed branches and branches heading into the interior of the canopy to open it up for sunlight penetration and air circulation.

  • Full Sun & Partial/Afternoon Shade
  • Needs Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Disease Resistant & Cold Hardy Kousa Variety

Discerning property owners can add real value with this disease-resistant, vigorous choice. Place your order for your own National Kousa Flowering Dogwood today at Nature Hills!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a Flowering Dogwood get?

The National Kousa Dogwood grows up to 25 feet in height and width throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9.

Do Dogwoods like sun or shade?

The National Kousa Dogwood tree flowers best in full sun for the most color and the most flowers and fruit, but also performs amazingly in partial shade.

Where is the best place to plant a Flowering Dogwood?

The National Kousa Flowering Dogwood Trees do best in very well-drained acidic soil in a sunny to partly sunny location. They prefer consistent moisture and mulched, organic beds.

Are Dogwood Trees messy?

Not at all! Dogwood trees are deciduous trees that will drop leaves and the fruit in the fall. But the leaves are easy to rake up and birds carry away the fruit, or you can enjoy this late summer treat as well!

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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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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National Kousa Dogwood Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus kousa 'National'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White & Green Centers
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant