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MILKY WAY KOUSA DOGWOOD
Cornus kousa 'Milky Way'
Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Utility friendly tree.
Multi-stemmed shrub or can be trained as a small tree. Prolific in flower and fruit.
Additional Common Names
MILKY WAY KOUSA DOGWOOD, MILKY WAY CHINESE DOGWOOD
Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Medium Green, Red, Gold or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Red Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Blocky.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.
Exposure Partial Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus kousa 'Milky Way' Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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