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'Cornus' QuickScape Minis Kousa Flowering Dogwood Tree General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, inspect the Kousa Flowering Dogwood for any signs of winter damage, paying close attention to the branches and trunk. Prune away any dead or diseased growth to promote healthy new growth and maintain the tree's shape. Apply a slow-release fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants to provide essential nutrients for the upcoming growing season. Water deeply, especially during dry spells, to promote strong root development, and consider mulching around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
Summer: During the summer months, monitor soil moisture levels and water the Kousa Flowering Dogwood regularly, particularly during periods of hot and dry weather. While this tree is relatively low-maintenance, be on the lookout for common pests such as dogwood borers or powdery mildew, and treat infestations promptly to prevent damage to the tree. Enjoy the tree's unique bracts and seek shade under its graceful canopy.
Fall: As fall approaches, the Kousa Flowering Dogwood may begin to change color, with its foliage turning shades of red, orange, or purple before dropping for winter. While it is generally low-maintenance during this season, continue to monitor soil moisture levels and water as needed, especially if there is insufficient rainfall. Remove fallen leaves and debris from around the base of the tree to prevent the spread of pests and diseases.
Winter: In winter, protect the Kousa Flowering Dogwood from freezing temperatures and harsh winds by providing a layer of mulch around the base to insulate the roots. Avoid heavy pruning in winter, as this can stimulate new growth that may be susceptible to frost damage. Monitor the tree for signs of winter damage, such as frost cracks or branch breakage, and address any issues in early spring. Consider providing additional protection for young trees or those planted in exposed areas.
Fun Fact: The Kousa Flowering Dogwood is known for its showy bracts, which resemble flowers and typically bloom in late spring to early summer. Unlike traditional dogwoods, the bracts of the Kousa Flowering Dogwood appear after the leaves, creating a striking display.