OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Cornales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Benthamidia japonica   FAMILY Cornaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus kousa   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)

Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 12 (2016)

Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)

Benthamidia japonica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)

Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH -

Cynoxylon kousa

 

COMMON NAME:
Kousa Dogwood


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image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_199

May    Henderson County    NC

Creamy, white, taper-pointed bracts are the showy part of the inflorescence, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Dirr, 1975+).

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_205

May    Henderson County    NC

The 5/8" rounded umbels on upright 2" peduncles hold the true flowers, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Dirr, 1975+).

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_209

May    Henderson County    NC

Leaves elliptic-ovate, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Dirr, 1975+).

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_214

May    Henderson County    NC

Bark exfoliating with age, forming a mosaic of gray, tan, and brown, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Dirr, 1975+).

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm140525_222

May    Henderson County    NC

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

JK Marlow    jkm190909_1382

September    Greenville County    SC

Furman University

Fruits berrylike, ~ 3cm across, resembling large raspberries when ripe, per New Invaders of the Northeast and Northcentral US (Rawlins et al., 2018).

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092120_1793

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092120_1794

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Sam Pratt    sbp092220_image0

September    Spartanburg County    SC

in cultivation

image of Benthamidia japonica, Kousa Dogwood

Stephanie C. Brundage    scb_090821suches07

September    Fannin County    GA

Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Benthamidia japonica   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cornus kousa   FAMILY Cornaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 12
Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae (Haines, 2011)
Benthamidia japonica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Cornus kousa

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Cynoxylon kousa

 

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3627

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Habitat: Suburban areas, sometimes planted as an ornamental and may persist or seed down in the immediate vicinity of the parent tree, per Weakley's Flora

Non-native: China, Japan & Korea

Waif(s)

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
4 white or pink bracts surround a cluster of small flowers
4-merous
Inferior ovary
Bisexual

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish red to red
Drupe

 

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