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Cornus kousa 'Milky Way'

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Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Multi-stemmed shrub or can be trained as a small tree. Prolific in flower and fruit.

Family: Cornaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Rounded or Spreading 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, Green, Red or Orange, 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.

Moist Soil.

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.

Attracts Birds.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus kousa 'Milky Way' Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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