of the very best upright forms with a particularly fast growth rate and very
well balanced branching. The branch pattern is upright at first eventually
spreading to a well-kept oval to narrow vase shape.
selection for flower with a heavy display of large overlapping bracts covering
most of the tree. The flower color opens white with a hint of light green, when
fully open it is mostly a soft pastel cream-white. Nice contrast from some of
the other more "pure" white selections.
is one of the best varieties for foliage. The size is normal or slightly larger
than the species with a wavy leaf margin and having an exceptionally healthy
look. The color is a waxy dark green with pronounced yellow green venation, a
subtle but noticeable contrast. I know it seems a little over the top but after
evaluating a number of plants for foliage I consider this one to be the
archetype for dogwood leaves and find myself comparing it to all others for
summer foliage. Fall colors are a combination or dark red to
The display of strawberry
like bright red fruits is fairly heavy and somewhat oversized, it is
particularly noticeable against the dark green
17 to 25 feet / 15 to 18 feet.
5 possibly 4 to 8 - Several
reports from customers in OH, WI and MI indicate this is one of, or possibly the
only, C. Kousa chinenesis type that reliably thrives in winter
conditions that render the other selections inneffectual.
Introduced by Mary B. (Polly) Wakefield of Milton Mass. and one of
my personal favorites.