This delightful small dogwood is outstanding for its coloring, its small, neat stature, and its ability to grow well despite less than ideal conditions! One of its most remarkable characteristics is the clean variegation on the leaves. They open bright green with a cream edge, and the edges become suffused with pink during the season, while the clean green takes on strawberry tones and finally assumes purple hues in fall – a simply stunning combination! Not to mention the large flowers that open white and mature to pink, becoming richer as they age. The tree produces a super abundance of these blooms over a very long time, continuing on into early summer. A 10 year tree will be only 8-10' tall and wide, so it fits well into today's smaller gardens. Easy to grow, even in clay, and it tolerates heat, humidity and dry conditions, once established. Needs afternoon shade where summers are hot. Zones 5-8. 2-3' Bareroot. Cornus kousa 'Akatsuki'. Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Botanical Name: Cornus kousa 'Akatsuki'
Common Name: Dogwood
Form: Deciduous woody tree
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 8 - 10'
Spread: 8 - 10'
Spacing: 8 - 10'
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8 (-20 degrees F)
Flowering Date: Late spring, Early summer
Type of Fruit: Large rasberry looking fruit
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Unique combination of variegated foliage and pink flowers! Stays small - only 8 - 10' tall in 10 years. Perfect for today's small gardens! Easier than their American cousins, more tolerant of dry soil and having no pest or disease problems. Keep it watered the first couple of years, then it takes care of itself!
Flower Color: Single white blooms with rosy pink in spring, slowly deepen to rose red as the season progresses.
Flower Form: Flower bracts that are pointed at the tips with 4 petals.
Foliage Type: Large variegated leaves that purple-red in fall. When it bears early summer blooms that become suffused with red as they age!
Resistance: Good to P & D problems
Pruning: Only for aesthetics
Pruning Time: Early winter
Soil Requirement: Prefers an acid, humus enriched soil that is well drained
Additional Information: Can not be shipped to AE AK GU HI PR FL
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Bought this last year and looks good but have yet to see flowers or berries on it.
i bought this last year and it died. i called for a replacement and was told they no long had this tree. i was refunded $25.00. but they do have the tree and they are asking over twice as much for it this year. i do not think it was fair not to send me a new tree for my replacement.