White Kousa Dogwood Tree

White Kousa Dogwood Tree

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  • Pre Order Plants Ship Once Fully Rooted - Estimated May

  • Showy flowers

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

Regular price $124.99

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


Since the White flowering Dogwood tree is a small deciduous tree, it will begin the year leafless during late winter. Early spring brings white dogwood blossoms that are tiny, yellowish green and shaped as dainty button-like clusters. Each Cornus Kousa Dogwood flower cluster has four showy, white, petal-like leaves which open flat. This gives the appearance of a single, four-petaled, white bract.

*Pre Order Plants Ship Once Fully Rooted - Estimated May*

In the fall, the medium sized flowers will turn into dark red berries that are bright red fruit for wildlife including deer, several species of birds, and squirrels. Interestingly enough, the Kousa Dogwood fruit is edible for human consumption too and can be made into jellies, jams, or wine. The dark green foliage turns a deep reddish purple to signify the start of the fall season and to put on a show for some serious Kousa Dogwood fall color.

Not only are the creamy white flowers and fall foliage a major selling point, but dogwood trees also have eye catching colorful bark. The trunk and bark are speckled in shades of tans, browns, and gray and provide an attractive appearance during winter when the flowering tree is bare.

When Do White Dogwoods Bloom?

The White Dogwood tree will bloom in early spring and has an overlapping flower bloom period with the redbud trees. Plant our White flowering Dogwood Tree at ground level to accentuate any landscape with its dark green leaves and beautiful white blossoms.

Native to East Asia, it has low-branching, broadly pyramidal limbs but flat-topped growth habit and is vase shaped. Perfect for small planting sites and even has the capabilities of being planted under power lines. You can plant the Kousa tree in foundation plantings, privacy hedges, or as stand alone trees where they can be seen and enjoyed in all their glory. The reddish-brown wood is extremely hard and shock resistant, perfect to make handles for tools such as chisels or golf club heads.


Caring for Kousa Dogwood Trees starts with the perfect planting site. Carefully plan out where you want to plant your new dogwood tree in the landscape. The dwarf Kousa Dogwood hardiness zones grow best in USDA growing zones 5-9 of the United States. Dogwood trees prefer a site in the yard where there is full sun to partial shade. In hotter climates, it is best to choose an area with morning sun and partial afternoon shade that is protected from the hot afternoon sun. You can even plant these small trees beneath taller trees as understory trees where they can thrive in the shade.

Plant this Dogwood Cornus Kousa tree in moist, acidic soil types that are well-drained soil for best results. This ornamental tree grows in drought tolerant areas but be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. A 2-3 inch layer of organic matter or mulch will help to retain moisture. Since they have shallow root systems, it is okay to plant this beautiful tree closer to large structures or houses.

Although they are relatively free of pests and diseases, the Dogwood Borer pest sometimes does attack young dogwood trees. If left untreated it could be fatal. Insecticide may be needed to treat extremely bad cases. Apply a slow release fertilizer to the root ball to encourage growth and protect against fungal diseases such as leaf spotting and powdery mildew.

Planting White Dogwood Tree

Your order will include planting instructions. The best time to plant dogwood trees is in early spring or summer so it has the whole growing season to establish. Dig a hole that is twice as deep and wide as the pot it comes in. Place the root ball into the planting hole and backfill with native soil or amended soil. You can add organic garden soil or acidic soil to the hole if your soil is not moist or fertile enough. Water thoroughly until established.

How Big Do Kousa Dogwoods Get?

The Kousa Dogwood size typically grows 15 to 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide as an established dogwood. It is a small dwarf dogwood variety that is perfect for small gardens.

How Fast Does a White Dogwood Tree Grow?

The Kousa Dogwood growth rate is slow to moderate growing, about 1 foot per year as a newly planted tree.

How to Prune a Kousa Dogwood

Shaping a Kousa Dogwood is only necessary to prune the dogwood trees to maintain desired size and shape. Cut back dead or diseased branches in early spring before the active growing season begins. To promote a more shrublike appaerance, prune off the top third of the tree. This will encourage new branching towards the bottom half of the tree. Prune the Kousa tree to your desired height and size to help maintain a good structure.

When to Prune Kousa Dogwood Tree?

You have two options for pruning this tree. To promote flowering, Kousa dogwood pruning should take place in summer after it has finished its bloom period. The tree will have leaves so it may be more difficult to see the branch structure. But you will not risk cutting off any of the flower buds as they grows on previous years growth. To promote a healthy branch structure, we recommend pruning in late winter or early spring while the tree is dormant. This can help you shape the tree to your desired shape and height. The downside is that you will cut off that years flowers on whatever branches you decide to trim off.

This tree does not ship bare root. It is rooted in a container with soil for the health of the tree during shipment.

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Dogwood Tree Growing Guide coming soon.

Shipping information

Once your White Kousa Dogwood Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



Dogwoods prefer well-drained soil that is lightly acidic. White Dogwoods are not particularly sun and heat tolerant, especially in the Southern climates and should be planted in an area that provides afternoon or filtered shade. They are drought tolerant once established but should be watered regularly until established and during periods of extended drought. Dogwoods need minimal pruning to maintain their shape, but any leggy, damaged or broken limbs should be removed in the summertime when the tree will not bleed sap from the cut.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your White Dogwood, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Cornus kousa

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Mature Width
15 ft

Mature Height
15-25 ft

Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Peter Y.

Plants arrived in good shape and are doing well in location chosen. Watering as recommended.


Compared to the tree order I made with one of your, ah, fast-growing competitors last year, this was a vastly better experience. Maybe it was partially due to the time of year, but their trees arrived with 95 percent of the leaves knocked off, partially because they threw bags of fertilizer, untethered, into the boxes, where they were free to bounce around and maul the trees. Your tree arrived big, perfectly healthy, and intelligently packaged. Thanks!

Chuck N.

Plant arrived very healthy and is doing great in the ground.

Mary P.

Came just as described. Will order again. Now just got to get my son to plant them! Thanks Perfect Plants.

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