This Asian dogwood comes into bloom in early June. It is resistant to many pests and diseases, including the anthracnose virus that has impacted our native white and pink dogwood trees. The bark of its trunk features exfoliated patches that provide year-round interest. Heart-shaped, dark green leaves are tough enough to withstand the summer heat.
There are many varieties of Kousa dogwoods, and you can examine them first-hand at Dogwood Days in Milton, June 5-20. The Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum is celebrating the bloom of 300 trees planted (and many propagated) by Mrs. Wakefield around the property. See www.wakefieldtrust.org for details of special events including themed tours, wellness programs, family activities, and music in the garden.