Japanese dogwood

noun

Definition of Japanese dogwood 

: kousa dogwood The Japanese dogwood, Cornus kousa, is a beautiful, late-spring-flowering, small landscape tree. Late spring frosts never nip the flower buds of the Japanese dogwood. It blooms about a month after the native flowering dogwoods.— Dick Crum, Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2005

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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