If you’re thinking about planting an ornamental tree for wildlife, consider a Kousa Dogwood.
This tree is native to Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. Hardy to zone 5 and can take the summer heat.
In late spring whitish bracts appear that resemble petals. If you have ever owned a Poinsettia, you will be familiar with these special leaves. The actual flowers are those tiny green fibrous centers.
Green berries form next as the white leaves die off. Then it’s Showtime!
Use branches to decorate your table space.
Bright pinkish-red berries cover these trees from late summer through most of fall. Birds, squirrels and even rabbits love these tender berries.
Not all Dogwood species serve fruit fit for human consumption. According to The Missouri Botanical Garden this species is edible.
This low maintenance tree is a four season beauty. Prune yearly to help keep its shape.
If you are lucky you’ll get to snap a few pictures of berry loving friends!