Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

red flowering kousa dogwood

  • © Iseli Nursery, Randall C. Smith

  • © Joy Creek Nursery

Synonyms: Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’

Outstanding Qualities

This disease resistant selection of pink flowering dogwood is a great replacement for more problem-prone cultivars. In June white flushed pink buds open and quickly become a rich rose-pink. The bright color stands out against the clean green leaves and will last longer than earlier flowering dogwood blooms. This beautiful small to medium sized tree develops a graceful layered branching pattern that shows the flowers off well. In late summer strawberry-like fruits hang from the branches followed by handsome red and orange fall color.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green

Great Color Partners: gold, pink

Culture Notes
Plant this slow growing tree in a moist to well-drained soil with full sun to light or open shade. It can be adaptable to sandy soils and clay with regular watering during dry weather. The lovely layered form can easily be ruined by pruning. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.