Kousa dogwood--when does it leaf out?

joannembApril 7, 2010

Just planted it last Fall, and am wondering when I can expect it to start leafing out? I know it blooms usually mid-late May....shouldn't it start to get it's leaves by now?

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    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 8:09PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I only have a few plants that have begun to leaf out due to the very very unseasonably warm temps last week. I have several plants that don't even have swelling buds yet.

Now its super windy, rainy and in the 30's...there goes my Magnolia blooms...thanks mother nature!

As mentioned above...patience...if its May 7th then we should be concerned.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 9:33PM
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I remember mine took a long time to leaf out the first two years, and they also didn't flower until the second year.

Mine were purchased from Lowes, they were container grown and only four feet tall...don't know if that made a difference.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 9:44PM
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arktrees(6b NW Arkansas)

Ours are just leafing out here.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 7:10AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Kousa is just starting to leaf out here. It has been unusually warm the last few weeks. Blooms are expected in June.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 7:33AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

My kousa is still just buds and its going to be a while...tonight will be 29F.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2010 at 10:16PM
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My Kousa dogwood was planted last August . We had a severe winter and it hasn't leafed out very small bloom buds but no leafing is it going to get leaves soon ?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 11:08AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Connie, it is probably getting close to time for yours. Don't worry about a week or so though if you are starting to notice others Kousas in your area leafing out. Something about my micro-climate makes things in my yard a few days behind their counterparts at work and in the true suburbs.

joannemb, you are a zone behind me. My Cornus Florida dogwoods are just now flowering. The youngest ones have barely a leaf showing.

Don't give up on them yet.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 11:26PM
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In Southern Connecticut my Kousa is a long way from leafing but half of the lower branches will not leaf at all...my big established tree has been hit by scale.
The lower branches are all black (from the fungus/excreta?) and there are white eliptical spots on the dead/dieing branches.

I sprayed as much of the tree as I could with horticultural oil...although couldnt reach the top even with a garden hose sprayer.

Any thoughts on the problem? Solution?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:10AM
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terrene(5b MA)

I'm in the same zone and my Cornus kousa is not even close to leafing out. The buds are swelling though.

I checked a couple pictures from past years of the blooms on this tree, both were dated June 4th, so it usually blooms in early June here.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 10:32AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

I agree with "patience". Here in zone 7a ours have just begun leafing out.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 2:20PM
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