Chinese Dogwood in Fruit

Kousa or Chinese Dogwood showing off it fruits

Kousa or Chinese Dogwood showing off its fruits

Close-up of Kousa Dogwood fruits.

Close-up of Kousa dogwood fruits

Sometimes when dry weather is crippling everything, it is a great surprise to see a green and growing tree with beautiful fruit. Yesterday, I was working in the Japanese Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and saw a beautiful Chinese dogwood (many call them Kousa dogwood). Not only was it a good green color, but the fruits are outstanding this year. It might have been the location on the edge of a cluster of trees with its roots shaded, or it was getting just the right amount of water and the soil had perfect drainage in that location. I don’t know, but the tree in fruit is a close-up show stopper. Its red fruits looks like bright cherries – stems and all. In contrast, most of our native dogwoods that I like so much, have browning leaves, and many of their red fruit clusters are dropping. Maybe I need to think about one of these for my garden. In fact, take a look at what’s doing well in this drought, as they might need to be considered¬†as replacements for some of the plants you loose in this fall drought.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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