Illustrations and photos by "Wildman," clipart from Clipart.com
Showy, white flowers festoon this small tree in mid-spring.
Kousa Dogwood Branch with Flower
The opposite (paired) leaves are typical of dogwoods. What look like petals are actually 4 sepals, specialized leaves that originally enclose the flowers in the bud stage.
Immature Kousa Dogwood Blossom
The inconspicuous, tiny, true flowers will emerge from the globe in the center of the immature, green sepals.
Kousa Dogwood Flowers
The sepals turn white, and the true flowers bloom on the central globe when they mature.
Kousa Dogwood Branch With Fruit
Soft, red, globular, long-stalked fruits, containing hard seeds, ripen in early- to mid-fall.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit
Trees with the largest, most abundant fruit are usually the tastiest ones.
Kousa Dogwood Recipes
Anti-cancer compounds found in kousa dogwood fruit