Cornus kousa

Common Names: Kousa dogwood, Japanese dogwood, kousa, Benthamia kousa, Cynoxylon kousa
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Dogwoods

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.

Edible Notes: The fruits are edible and sweet. They are sometimes used for making wine.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.