Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Tree
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Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Tree
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

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Wolf Eyes Dogwood is a variegated Kousa Dogwood that will light up those shady corners of your landscape.  This rare, choice flowering tree sports mint green foliage edged in white—so much white, in fact, that from a distance you might think the tree was in full bloom!  When the creamy white flowers do arrive in late spring, there will be no mistaking those large, starry blooms for leaves.  You’ll also want to revisit this spectacular variegated Dogwood tree in late summer when the cherry-sized red fruits ripen.  They look like Cap’n Crunchberries, and they taste like papaya!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Japanese “Kousa” Dogwoods were unknown to the West until the 1870s, when Thomas Hogg, Jr. managed to send seeds to his brother in New York, who ran the nursery their father had established many years before.  A U.S. Marshall in Japan, Hogg was able to get his hands on some of the choicest trees that we still grow today, like “Kousa” Dogwood, Japanese Stewartia, Katsuratree, and Fragrant Snowbell.  ‘Wolf Eyes’ was discovered in 1988 when it was found as a single branch mutation at Manor View Farm Nursery in Monkton, Maryland.

The Details

Looking for a specimen tree? Well, you found one! Gee… where to start?! The leaves are long, pointy and kind of crinkly looking, not to mention variegated! The green centers are surrounded by creamy white margins. Four large white bracts (that look like flower petals) form the star-shaped "flowers" in late spring/summer. As flowers fade, red-orange fruit takes over in late summer. Let's not forget about the awesome pink to red fall color!! Like I said, this is the specimen tree you've been looking for!

How to Grow

Wolf Eyes Variegated Kousa Dogwood is an uncommon tree, which is surprising, given how easy it is to please and how much it has to offer.  This naturally disease-resistant tree enjoys a site in part shade and wants regular irrigation but no “wet feet.”  It has a preference for acid soils, so if rhododendrons and azaleas grow well in your area, this is definitely the tree for you (though it’s adaptable to other situations, too).  As your tree grows, you’ll probably want to remove the lowermost branches to show off that amazing jigsaw-puzzle bark!  Pruning is best done shortly after the flowers are spent.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/White
Fall Leaf Color Red/Pink
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 Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
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 Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: A

Size A

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

Size A Trees:

3-4' tall, well branched. An appealing overall shape. Grown in our #7 tree container, well rooted and established. Flowering in your first spring.

Size B Trees:

6-7' tall, well branched. 1 - 1 1/2" caliper with an appealing overall shape. Grown in our #15 tree container, well rooted and established. Flowering in your first spring.

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Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Tree
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Leaf
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Additional Product Shot 388
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Additional Product Shot 111
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Additional Product Shot 818
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Additional Product Shot 996
Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Additional Product Shot 1166