Tri-Splendor Japanese Dogwood Tree
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Tri-Splendor Japanese Dogwood Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Tri-Splendor Japanese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Tri-Splendor

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Tri-Splendor Kousa Dogwood gets its name from the way the leaves are splashed with a festive mix of three colors in spring—apple green, white, and sunny yellow. And the flowers are variegated, too! The four showy “petals” (actually bracts) are a cool pale green color, edged in creamy white. This head-turning small to medium-sized ornamental specimen tree will light up your front yard entryway garden or backyard retreat in spring, winning oohs and has from your neighbors and guests. Much more resistant to the diseases that can afflict our native Flowering Dogwoods, the Tri-Splendor Japanese Dogwood is a smart alternative in areas where Dogwood anthracnose and other Dogwood problems are present.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Growing trees from seed takes a lot of patience, but the payoff is that every once in a while you get the excitement of finding a seedling unlike any that has ever been seen before. That’s how the Tri-Splendor Kousa Dogwood originated in the nursery of Crispin Silva of Molalla, Oregon. Silva sowed a crop of ordinary Kousa Dogwood seedlings in 2000, and after they sprouted he was thrilled to find this perky nonconformist in the bunch. He patented the lucky find in 2008, and the new tree is just now becoming available. You can be one of the very first to own this special tree!

The Details

With the advent of hot weather, Tri-Splendor Kousa Dogwood begins to lose its variegation, and by the end of summer, the leaves are green. However, that doesn’t mean the show is over. Tri-Splendor will delight you in fall when its leaves take on tones of pink and red. As with other Kousa Dogwoods, you can also expect pretty raspberry-red fruits to spangle its branches in late summer. Bark that exfoliates in patchwork patterns over time will add yet another layer of interest to an already phenomenal tree.

How to Grow

Tri-Splendor Kousa Dogwood might look like a diva, but it actually has simple needs. Plant it in full sun or light shade (it likes more shade where summers are very hot), in soil that drains well. This tree appreciates regular irrigation when rain is lacking; simply use the Bower & Branch™ Water Element system to deliver the right amount. Mulch your tree with wood chips or bark to keep the roots cool and moist. Tri-Splendor will form flower buds for the next year in summer, so do any necessary pruning right after the flowers fade.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15-20
Avg Mature Width 10-15
Spacing 15-25'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/White
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color White
Flower Time Late Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: My Tree was planted in 2017 - it had a good year in 2018! This year started off on a good note but now it seems like the Tree is reverting back to solid green leaves. The new growth at the top and throughout the Tree is now solid green. Is there anything I can do about this?

A: Thank you for contacting Bower & Branch - and for including the photo =)

What you are seeing is not your variegated Tree reverting back to green, this is actually typical behavior of the Tri-Splendor Dogwood, it is the Summer 'color'. The variegated foliage changes to green during the Summer and then by the Fall, it will give you the red-purple foliage for a Fall show! 

Additionally, we believe that given the past 12-18 months of exceptional (re: nonstop!) moisture, variegation can weaken overall on plants and that may explain why the green is more pronounced this year in comparison to last. 

Overall, we think your Tree is looking fantastic! You've got yourself a real specimen there! Enjoy =)

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. well branched and full. Mature and fully flowering your first spring season with stem caliper near 1.5". A substantial tree when shipped in our #15 tree container.

Tri-Splendor Japanese Dogwood Tree