Rosie Lerner, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
Those unfamiliar with the Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) may initially wonder if some fungus is attacking the bark. But one of the outstanding ornamental characteristics of the kousa dogwood is the bark that peels off to reveal a mosaic of tan, deep brown, and gray blotches. Kousa is similar in size to the Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida), but because it flowers a bit later, its flower buds are more cold hardy. Kousa dogwood usually displays a lovely reddish purple fall color and is generally less prone to insect and disease problems that C. florida.
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Close up of kousa dogwood bark
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