Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood

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Year-round you will be blessed with immaculate beauty and grace from the one and only Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood Tree (Cornus kousa 'Samzam'). In the late spring, you will be showered with star-shaped white flowers that cascade on top of the light green and white variegated leaves that will jazz up your whole landscaping!

These lovely white petal-like bracts will light up your spring! You'll happily share the beauty with local bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators!

Can it get any better? Sure enough, it does with the cutest red berries that resemble strawberries, and are showy late summer into fall. These fruits attract a host of songbirds to your landscape! The lush green foliage shelters wildlife and highlights the flowers and later highlights the red berries! Then the leaves in the fall transform into an unusual radiant pink and burgundy coloration before the leaves are shed!

This unique Kousa Dogwood is cold-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, and is very easy to grow, resistant, and adaptable! The defoliating bark is visible in the winter after the leaves fall creating additional winter interest.

Planting and Application:

If you're needing a "wow factor" in your landscaping, then you have all you'll need right in front of you with the Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood. This plant is a magnificent specimen plant, as it had no problem at all being the center of attention. You will want to have this tree in plain sight for the whole town to fall in love with!

Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood grows to be 25 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide with an elegant low canopy, creating lovely naturalized settings when planted in groupings and as lush screening and privacy! The variegated foliage and unique fall color will light up your landscape anywhere!

Raise on a berm to further highlight this gorgeous tree and its four seasons of interest! It would look terrific in the center of a garden bed with lower plants to complement it. It could also stand alone in your front yard as a specimen focal point to draw the eye.

  • Spring Star-Shaped White Flowers
  • Pollinator Galore!
  • Pointy, Light Green & White Variegated Foliage
  • Pink Fall Foliage
  • Beautiful Ornamental Tree, Woodland Accent & Incredible Specimens!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This unique type of Kousa Dogwood Trees will enjoy a spot that has full sun and partial shade. It loves organically rich, slightly acidic soil, that is moist but not wet, so water it regularly, but do not overwater. If your soil lacks plant matter, feel free to add compost, this will help provide nutrients as well as improve drainage. They love having their root systems covered with a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch to keep the root system evenly moist and cooler.

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

Order your very own Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood today before it is too late! Nature Hills will ship your gorgeous ornamental trees to your doorstep! How convenient is that?

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a Flowering Dogwood get?

The Samaritan® Dogwood grows up to 25 feet in height and up to 20 feet in width throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8.

Do Dogwoods like sun or shade?

The Samaritan® 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 Samaritan® 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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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.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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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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Samaritan® Japanese Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus kousa 'Samzam'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, White
Foliage Color Green & White Variegated
Fall Color Pink
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant