National Japanese Dogwood abundance of four-petalled white flowers with green centers hanging from tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 15-30' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-30' tall
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-30' apart



  • Fancy, bright white flowers bringing color to green leaves
  • Fall brings lovely shades of purple and red leaves
  • From summer to winter, you'll enjoy watching birds fest on the glossy red berries
  • This bird-friendly native tree provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

National Japanese Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus kousa 'National'

Regular price $995.00
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Why the National Japanese Dogwood?

National Kousa Dogwood is an impressive tree with its unique architecture drenched in showy white blossoms bursting open come spring. Deep green foliage adds a brilliant backdrop for its buttercream blooms. Celebrating fall as the leaves turn a gorgeous burgundy, and violet-red berries are ready to be plucked in abundance. This low maintenance beauty is an incredible choice for not only being a showpiece in your garden but also a wonderful attraction for the birds as well!


A kinship exists between many American plants and their Japanese counterparts half a world away. Our Flowering Dogwood and the Japanese Kousa Dogwood are the most famous examples. The two are so closely related that they can interbreed, but no one knew it until the 1800s, when Japan finally opened its long-closed borders. Thomas Hogg, Jr. sent the first Kousasthe West had ever seen to his brother James in New York in 1875. Like our native Flowering Dogwoods, Kousas can be grown in “Clump-Form,” or in “Tree-Form”—as we offer here.

How to use in the landscape?

This is one outstanding Dogwood! Creamy white flowers just seem to hover above bright green leaves. Absolutely covered with flowers in mid-summer, Japanese Dogwoods bloom later than others. Exfoliating bark, which becomes more defined with age, is just one other tantalizing characteristic. Japanese Dogwoods also produce edible strawberry-like fruit and have beautiful reddish-purple fall color. Winner of the Cary Award from the Worcester County Horticultural Society and chosen for its outstanding performance, hardiness and eye-appeal.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-8

    Mature Height: 15-30' tall

    Mature Width: 15-30' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 15-30' apart

How To Plant

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 full sun or 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.

How To Water

Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

Dogwoods like fertilizer! During fall, feed your Dogwood Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Dogwoods should be pruned so that dead branches and twigs that may be diseased can be removed. Do not compost any disease branches, dispose of them appropriately in the garbage.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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