Common Names: Kousa dogwood, Japanese dogwood, kousa, Benthamia kousa, Cynoxylon kousa
The tree is extremely showy when in bloom, but what appear to be four petaled white flowers are actually bracts spread open below the cluster of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. The blossoms appear in late spring, weeks after the tree leafs out. The fruit is a globose pink to red compound berry 2 to 3 cm diameter, though these berries tend to grow larger towards the end of the season and some berry clusters that do not fall from the tree surpass 4 cm.
Most commonly found in Connecticut as an ornamental tree used in landscaping.