Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Heart Throb® Japanese Dogwood

Cornus kousa 'Schmred' PP9,283

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Prepare to be swept off your feet! Heart Throb® Japanese Kousa Dogwood will win you over with a lavish display of large, soft-pink to medium-pink flowers. When late spring days arrive, making it a joy to be outside, the starry blooms burst open. Plant Heart Throb® next to your kitchen window, deck, or patio, so you'll get a front-row seat to the show. You'll want a good view in autumn, too, because the foliage turns shocking scarlet tones then. It's one of the best Dogwoods you can buy for fall color. In fact, it's one of the best Dogwoods you can buy, period! 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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. Heart Throb® is a distinctive selection of Japanese Kousa Dogwood that originated in Oregon. Jim Schmidt discovered it in the fields of Don Schmidt Nursery; he introduced it in 1994. Genetic testing has since revealed that Heart Throb® may be a sibling to an earlier selection, Satomi.

The Details

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

How to Grow

Plant Heart Throb® 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 Heart Throb®!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 15-20' Tall
Avg Mature Width 15-20' Wide
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Dark Green
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Red
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Late Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Late Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
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 Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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