A closeup of the pure white, four petaled flowers of the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood on top of the creamy white and green variegated foliage
A closeup of a branch belonging to the Wolf Eyes Dogwood, the foliage has creamy white edges to it with a dark green center
A closeup of a branch belonging to the Wolf Eyes Dogwood as it transitions to the fall coloring, the foliage has creamy white edges that are turning a light pink while the green center turns to a dark pink
A single leaf of the Wolf Eyes Dogwood that is transitioning to its fall colors of light pink on the edges and dark pink on the inside
The Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood in a black nursery pot, covered in the white and green variegated foliage against a white background
A closeup of the pure white, four petaled flowers of the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood on top of the creamy white and green variegated foliage
A closeup of a branch belonging to the Wolf Eyes Dogwood, the foliage has creamy white edges to it with a dark green center
A closeup of a branch belonging to the Wolf Eyes Dogwood as it transitions to the fall coloring, the foliage has creamy white edges that are turning a light pink while the green center turns to a dark pink
A single leaf of the Wolf Eyes Dogwood that is transitioning to its fall colors of light pink on the edges and dark pink on the inside
The Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood in a black nursery pot, covered in the white and green variegated foliage against a white background

Wolf Eyes Variegated Japanese Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'

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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only. 

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Why the Wolf Eyes Variegated Japanese Dogwood?

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!

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, Katsura Tree, 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.

How to use in the landscape?

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!

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-8

    Mature Height: 15-20' tall

    Mature Width: 15-20' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 15-20' apart

How To Plant

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).

How To Water

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.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

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.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-8


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