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Questions About Kousa Dogwood

Asked by
bluejay13 on
February 21, 2015

Q. Will kousa dogwood trees grow in Texas

I just want to know if they will grow in Texas.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
February 22, 2015
A.

The USDA hardiness zone for Houston is 9a. Kousa dogwood is listed as hardy to zone 8. So there's a chance that it may too warm for them in Houston. However, I would check with the local County Extension Service for advice specific to your area. This link will help you locate your nearest office: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

If you decide to try one, this article has some information to help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/growing-kousa-dogwood-trees.htm

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Asked by
sgkarkula on
April 26, 2015

Q. Do Satomi Kousa Dogwood bracts start out pink?

We bought a Satomi Kousa dogwood and the young bracts are white. Will they turn pink or is the tree mislabeled?

Answered by
shelley on
April 26, 2015
Certified Expert
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The bracts should be pink to red in color. However, I did find the following nugget on a university web page that might explain your white bracts - environmental conditions do sway bract color:

"'Satomi' (also listed as 'Rosabella') - This is a very popular cultivar said to develop bright pink bracts. In the United States, however, the warm summers seem to dull the color. As a result, most plants bloom light pink or white-pink. The color can vary from season to season, but 'Beni Fuji' probably has deeper pink bracts."

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/detail.php?pid=125

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Asked by
maysmorningglory on
May 4, 2015
east central Indiana

Q. Kousa dogwood not blooming

My 3-yr old, apparently healthy, Kousa pink dogwood never bloomed. Why?

Answered by
shelley on
May 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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I wouldn't worry too much yet. Three years is a bit young for blooming expectations. Your tree probably isn't mature enough yet to bloom. Young trees spend a few years establishing their root system before investing energy towards blooming.

For more information on kousa dogwood trees, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/growing-kousa-dogwood-trees.htm

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Asked by
kmdarnell1 on
May 16, 2015
5-6

Q. when should Kousa Dogwood begin to leaf out

When should my Kousa Dogwood begin to leaf out? I live in zone 5-6 and there are no leaves on the tree. This is the second dogwood planted and I am getting worried because there are no leaves on the tree.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2015
Certified Expert
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Are the branches brittle and snap off when bent?
Do they bend? If you scratch the bark does it appear green?
A newly planted Kousa Dogwood requires a good amount of watering in the first 2 to 3 years to become established.
We did have an extremely cold winter in most of the entire United States and a new planting may not have been established enough to survive the temperatures.
Review the care and growing requirements in the article below.
I would provide water and watch and see.
Also most garden centers will replace a plant if it expires in the first year.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/growing-kousa-dogwood-trees.htm

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Asked by
Brian.Flar on
May 19, 2015
6

Q. Can you identify this tree variety

I would like to know the type of tree. I believe it is a Kousa Dogwood but not sure. What is your opinion on the health of the tree? My landscaper planted it last year in June and, to me, it looks under stress or partially dying.

Answered by
shelley on
May 19, 2015
Certified Expert
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I am sorry but we did not receive your photo. Can you offer more description - how does it look under stress/dying?

In the meantime here is an article on kousa dogwoods that may aid in your identification:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/growing-kousa-dogwood-trees.htm

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Asked by
prklinect on
May 20, 2015
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Q. Pink flowering kousa dogwood producing very few blossoms

Help! I planted this tree two years ago, fertilizing with acid fertilizer in the spring and fall. The tree is growing well and appears healthy, but produces only a few blossoms (two dozen or so). What do you recommend?

Answered by
shelley on
May 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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My dogwood did not blossom too well this spring either due to the cold spring we had - the blossoms are very tender to the cold. Drought could also affect blossoms. These and other reasons are discussed in the following article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/dogwood-tree-not-flowering.htm

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Asked by
jorossi on
May 26, 2015
Zone 6

Q. How do I keep my pink kousa dogwood producing pink flowers?

This is my 3rd season for my pink kousa dogwood. This year the flowers were a very pale pink, almost white. Is there anything I can do to keep it producing deep pink flowers like it had the 1st year?

Answered by
shelley on
May 26, 2015
Certified Expert
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Your soil pH may not be acidic enough; pink dogwoods do best when the pH is below 6.5. I recommend that you test the soil around your tree. To lower the pH you will need to add aluminum sulfate, and you will probably need to do it for a few years at least as pH adjustments happen slowly over time. To get a soil test you can contact your local extension office which you can find using the following link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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