kousa dogwood

noun

kou·​sa dogwood ˈkü-sə- How to pronounce kousa dogwood (audio)
variants or Kousa dogwood or less commonly kousa or Kousa
plural kousa dogwoods or Kousa dogwoods also kousas or Kousas
: a small, deciduous, Asian tree (Cornus kousa of the family Cornaceae) widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy white floral bracts produced in the late spring or early summer and followed by globular, fleshy, red fruits resembling raspberries
Spring finds kousa dogwood at its most dramatically beautiful. It is then that the large, white blossoms—each up to 4 inches across—unfold in profusion from branches at the top of the tree right down to those near the ground.Lee Reich, Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times, 1 Oct. 2010
When kousas are young, they have an upright, vase-like shape. But mature trees … develop an even more appealing horizontal layered look.Christine Arpe Gang, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), 15 Sept. 2006

called also Chinese dogwood, Japanese dogwood, Korean dogwood

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kousa dogwood was in 1914

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“Kousa dogwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kousa%20dogwood. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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