Little Poncho Japanese Dogwood Tree
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Little Poncho Japanese Dogwood Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Little Poncho Japanese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Little Poncho'

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The Little Prince, The Little Mermaid, The Little Engine That Could. Sometimes, great things come in small packages. Little Poncho Japanese Kousa Dogwood is a pint-sized character that brings a lot of joy to the landscape. Maturing at 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, this tiny Tree takes up hardly any space at all, but it makes a big impact. In late spring and early summer, large frosty white flowers spangle the branches. In fall, the lush green foliage turns dazzling shades of scarlet and purple. For gardens big or small, it's a commanding focal point!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Show more ›

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The Story

The Japanese have been passionate gardeners for centuries, but until relatively recently, they kept their most exquisite finds to themselves. When the U.S. finally forced open the door in the 1850s, Western plants-people got to see what they'd been missing. Naturalized American, Thomas Hogg, Jr. was one plant explorer who rooted out new treasures for the West, including the Japanese 'Kousa' Dogwood in 1875. Little Poncho is a special selection of Japanese Kousa Dogwood chosen for its extremely compact habit. It grows half the size of the typical Kousa Dogwood. 

The Details

Did we forget to mention yet another colorful ornamental feature of this amazing Tree? Little Poncho also gets strawberry-life, crimson-red fruits in late summer. The pulp inside is edible (though seedy!) and tastes like papaya!

How to Grow

Plant Little Poncho Kousa Dogwood in an area of your yard that receives full sun or light shade. It's not too fussy about soils, but prefers an acid soil and needs good drainage. Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your Tree throughout the growing season. Unlike many Flowering Dogwood Trees, the Japanese Kousa Dogwood is highly resistant to disease -- most importantly, the dreaded anthracnose that has threatened so many of our native Dogwoods -- so you can rest easy with Little Poncho!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 8-10' Tall
Avg Mature Width 8-10' Wide
Spacing 8-10'
Growth Rate Very Slow
Leaf Color Dark Green
Fall Leaf Color Red/Purple
Flower Color White
Flower Time Late Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Late Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
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

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Little Poncho Japanese Dogwood Tree