I live in Zone 5 and would like to plant a Kousa dogwood in my front
yard. However, I've read conflicting reports on sun
requirements/tolerance. The yard faces south and gets nearly full sun.
As an alternative, I could place the Kousa in the back yard, which also
get considerable sun but faces north. I'd appreciate your thoughts and
On Sat, 18 Oct 2003 05:31:33 GMT, "Stuart E. Weiner"
They are not at all too picky. They like to be on the edge of a
wooded area where they are partially protected but grow more upright
in full overhead sun. They will do better with more sun than less
sun. Dogwoods tend to be subject to disease and it helps to keep
mulch around them to help avoid weed trimmers and mowers from damaging
Kousa dogwoods are not reliably hardy in the colder parts of zone 5. I am next
the lake and temps are moderated. My Kousa faces east and gets full sun for 1/2
the day and does extremely well. I dont know if it would do well in full sun all
day. I would go for a sunburst locust in that location. INgrid
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I'm in zone 5 as well, and my Kousa dogwood gets full afternoon sun.
The backyard faces east and has mature deciduous trees, so it's shady in
the morning. The front yard faces west, and there's a street that makes
a T in front of my house, so full sun all afternoon. The kousa is in
the front, in the strip between my driveway and the neighbor's house to
the south. So lots of sun, no adverse effects.
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