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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