Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
    Clusters of tiny green flowers, which are surrounded by large, dark pink petal-like bracts, put on a very showy display in early summer. On mature plants the flowers are followed by inedible strawberry-like fruit. In autumn, there is even more interest when the dark green leaves turn dark reddish purple. This Japanese dogwood is ideal for a shrub border and where space is limited it may be fan-trained against a wall.
  • Garden care: Incorporate a good amount of well-rotted leafmould when planting. Requires minimal pruning once established, although as it is naturally low-branching and shrubby, you may need to clear a short, single stem when young. This should be tackled when the plant is fully dormant from autumn to early spring.

Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi

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1-1.25m (3ft 3-4ft 1)

Pot size: 20 Litres

Plant ID: 914 12
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Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi
Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi (or Dogwood Miss Satomi) is an exceptional, free flowering shrub or small ornamental tree with masses of pink bracts borne from June through to July. It has elegant mid green foilage which turns shades of yellow and orange in the autumn. Unlike many Dogwood varieties, prized only for their brightly coloured stems, Miss Satomi variety boasts rose-pink bracts that completely envelop this deciduous little tree during the summer. The profusion of blush blossoms is followed by inedible, strawberry-like fruit in the fall, beautifully complementing the reddish autumn colour of the foliage.
Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi can grow up to 5 metres high by 4 metres wide but it can easily be trimmed to suit individual requirements. With a branched, spreading habit, and a moderate growth rate, this ornamental cultivar can be fan-trained against a wall, which makes it ideal for small gardens.

Plant Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi in sunny or part sunny spot with nice rich soil and enjoy this amazing flowering dogwood from Japan add colour to your garden. However, even though this Japanese dogwood variety won’t mind being planted in dappled shade, choosing a spot in full sun will ensure Miss Satomi flowers more profusely in the spring.

Easy to grow and to care for, this lovely ornamental shrub requires minimal maintenance to keep its striking form. Routinely remove any dead, damaged or congested stems, and cut back any branches growing in unwanted directions. Pruning should be done during the dormant season, from late autumn to the beginning of the spring.

Sturdy and robust as its close relatives, Dogwood Miss Satomi can survive even if the temperatures drop to -20 degrees. Resistant to frost and biting winds, this flowering shrub won’t need sheltering during the winter. Considering that this cultivar is not only exceptionally hardy but pest and disease free as well, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it’s a favourite amongst gardeners. Cornus Kousa Miss Satomi enjoys the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, a sure sign that it will perform well in most UK gardens.
With a delicate, graceful appearance and extraordinary sturdiness, Dogwood Miss Satomi offers best of both worlds. This large, free-flowering cultivar works well in mixed shrub borders, as well as on its own, grown as a statement plant. Offering interest in early summer through to autumn, both the profusion of pink blossoms and the stunning autumn colour of this highly-decorative cultivar are bound to turn heads.
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A smaller variety which allows the showy Cornus kousa to be grown in gardens with limited space. Green foliage with spectacular autumn colouring and white bracts produced in June.

Cornus kousa and its cultivars give a stunning display of flowers in late Spring often followed later by spectacular autumn foliage colour. In time they make a large deciduous shrub or small tree of graceful habit, perfect for the smaller garden. The flowers consist of four petal-like bracts with a central round boss and, as the plant matures, these are produced in great abundance especially if the previous summer has been warm and sunny. They are suitable for many planting schemes including Japanese gardens, minimalist contemporary, mixed shrub borders as well as prairie plantings, ideal for specimen planting as a focal point in a garden for long season of interest.

A sunny position in the shelter of other trees and shrubs is best, avoiding very hot dry sites. They will grow happily in semi shade but their flower production and colour will not be as intense.

Give them a moist, free-draining neutral to acid soil with plenty of depth and organic matter. They will tolerate slightly alkaline soils but only if the soil is deep with plenty of organic matter added.

A Small Tree With Four-Season Impact

Have you ever experienced PSFM? It stands for “post-spring flower melancholy.” It occurs after nature has given her best color seemingly all at once and then it’s over. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if there were a dwarf ornamental tree to bridge the gap until the summer color avalanche commences? Luckily, ‘Little Poncho’ can come to the rescue. This dwarf tree plays spring smart by fully clothing its dense branches with handsome 2- to 4-inch-long dark green leaves. Some say that they can sometimes see a bluish tinge to the foliage, which provides the perfect backdrop for the coming flower show.

Starting in late spring, ‘Little Poncho’ explodes with small yellow-green central flowers that are surrounded by four ever changing bracts. These innocently start green but refashion themselves to snowy ivory in time. The bracts taper at the ends and can rightly be called elegant. If that isn’t enough, the bract color can easily last six weeks or more. (Yes, the magnolias should be embarrassed.) As they age, the ivory blooms get a lovely pink cast (pictured). In late summer to early fall, ‘Little Poncho’ delivers stunning fruit that resembles a raspberry, but with a slightly softer reddish-pink hue. These fruits are edible for humans, although it’s really the feathered visitors who love them most. The birds are respectful, however, and wait while we humans view the beautiful fruit for weeks, then they devour the berries in late fall. Autumn also brings a handsome maroon-scarlet-orange foliage color. The more sun ‘Little Poncho’ receives, the better the fall color show. Over time, the bark will also exfoliate, adding yet another season of interest.

This sweet tree is more flower-bud hardy than the native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9), and it is resistant to dogwood anthracnose. Last winter the Chicago area experienced a late winter cold snap that killed off about 35% of my ‘Little Poncho’. As spring progressed, the tree bounced back, persevering despite one of the worst bouts of winter weather on record. ‘Little Poncho’ is proof positive that great things can come in small packages.

‘Little Poncho’ kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Little Poncho’)

Zones: 5–8

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; acidic, well-drained soil

Native Range: Asia

Tony Fulmer is chief horticulturist at Chalet, a specialty nursery in Wilmette, Illinois. Illustration: Elara Tanguy.


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Kousa dogwood

Tree & Plant Care

Although tolerant of neutral pH soils, it prefers acid soil and may develop chlorotic symptoms (pale green leaves) in high pH soils.
Shallow root system benefits with a few inches of mulch to moderate soil temperature.
Best in part shade conditions in a protected site.Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering.

Disease, pests and problems

Heavy clay soil can contains moisture, which can lead to root rots.
Borers and leaf spots

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

More resistant to drought than flowering dogwood.
Resistant to the anthracnose (Discula) that is common on flowering dogwood.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Asia.

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) photo: John Hagstrom

Bark color and texture

Bark is gray-brown and slightly exfoliating.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple, opposite, 2 to 4 inch long with entire margins, elliptical shape; dark green leaves change to a burgundy-red in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

This tree blooms 2-3 weeks after native dogwoods.
True flowers are inconspicuous. 1 to 2 inch, white pointed bracts appear above the foliage and persist for several weeks.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Large, attractive, 1 inch, raspberry-like fruit appear in August.

Cultivars and their differences

Champion’s Gold kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Losely’): Vase-shaped, 25 to 20 feet high and wide; white flowers; 3/4 inch red fruits

Heart Throb kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Schmred’): A rounded habit; 20 feet high and wide; deep dink flowers; 3/4 inch red fruits; deep red fall color

Milky Way Select kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way Select’): Rounded to wide vase shape; 15 feet high and wide; 3/4 inch red fruits; bright red fall color

Satomi kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’): Vase to rounded habit; 15 to 20 feet high and wide; rose pink flowers; red fall color

Summer Gold kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Summer Gold’): rounded to wide vase-shaped habit; variegated creamy white and green foliage; white flowers; pink to red fall color; 3/4 inch red fruits

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