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Kousa Dogwood
Cornus kousa

Family: Cornaceae

Preferred Habitat: prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soils in partial sun, needs irrigation during hot and dry periods of summer

Range: originally spanning Japan, China, and Korea

Height: up to 9 meters (30 feet)

Leaves: simple, opposite, elliptic-ovate, 10 cm long leaves, rounded at the base coming to a point at the apex, exhibits the typical dogwood venation pattern with the lateral veins curving toward the apex, white and dull on underside

Flowers: fertile flowers are yellow to greenish white, take on a pinkish hue as they age; showy white bracts appear in mid-June

Fruit: raspberry-like in appearance, pinkish red drupes that are 2 cm in diameter

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: the fruits of the Kousa Dogwood are edible, though considered a bit mealy