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Cultural Details for Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Milky Way'

Common Name:
Milky Way Kousa Dogwood

Growth Rate:
Slow, medium in early stages of growth

Average Mature Height:
20-30'

Average Mature Width:
20-30'

Flower Details:
Flowers are small and greenish-yellow, held upright along stems. The showy parts are the 4 large, soft green changing to white, pointed bracts, lasting for about 6 weeks in early June. Individual bracts are 1.5-2.5" long and about 0.75-1" wide.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, pinkish to red, August through October, resembling a raspberry in appearance. A tree in heavy fruit is very attractive.

Fall Color:
Variable reddish purple to scarlet

Bark Details:
Exfoliating with age and forming a mottled mosaic of gray, tan, and rich brown

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None Serious

Native Habitat:
Species native to Japan, Korea, and China. Introduced 1875.

Other Features:
Vase-shaped, with age forming a rounded appearance with distinct stratified branching; very strong horizontal lines are evident in old age. Outstanding flower and fruit production are indicative of this cultivar

Culture and Care:
Strongly prefers an acid, well drained soil, requires relatively sunny location, drought tolerant

This plant was blooming:
5/10/2010 - 6/9/2010
5/20/2005 - 5/27/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
710, 720, 730

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu