Cornus kousa 'Miss Satomi'
PINK KOUSA DOGWOOD
syn. C. 'Satomi'
Pronounced: KOR-nus KOO-suh
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-17
USDA zones: 5-8.
Heat zones: 8-5.
Height: 15 feet (5 m).
Width: 18 feet (6 m).
Late spring to early summer.
Umbels of small insignificant flowers with petals that are green to brown. Large, dark rose-pink bracts surround the flowers.
Glossy, deep, wide leaves and deep veins, turn a showy red and orange in the fall.
Partial shade to full sun. Full sun conditions produce heavier flowering.
Moist, well-drained, sandy to clay soil.
complete organic fertilizer
Prune carefully so as not to ruin the look of the layered branches that make this tree so beautiful.
Pests and Diseases:
The kousa dogwoods are less susceptible to the dreaded anthracnose disease than C. florida and our native dogwood—C. nuttallii. There are mixed reports about C. 'Miss Satomi's' susceptibility to the disease.
Rainy Side Notes
Of the pink forms in the market today, Cornus 'Miss Satomi' is considered the best of all. This spreading, layered branching tree is often sold as C. 'Satomi'. Akiri Shibamichi named this selection C. 'Miss Satomi' after his granddaughter, and introduced it to the trade in 1980. Seed from this dogwood has produced some great new forms in the U.S.
DNA research conducted at the University of Tennessee shows C. 'Rosabella' and 'Miss Satomi' having the same DNA. These could be mismarked samples, so the jury is still out on these cultivars. Regardless, C. 'Miss Satomi' is a winner for the garden!
Regular watering at about 1-inch a week during our drought period is best for the tree; however, the sandier the soil, the more watering this tree will need.
by Debbie Teashon