Kousa Dogwood berries
I planted a Kousa Dogwood in my side yard three years ago. It is very happy in that spot and is thriving. This year it produced a bumper crop of berries. They are adorable, however, some are falling off the tree and the smell of rot is unpleasant. I've tried raking them up and even picking them up but they are too squishy.
Do all the berries fall off or do the majority stay on the tree and wither? Do Kousa's produce berries every year? I've heard that birds eat the berries but it would take a crow to eat these. They are pretty big. So far no birds have appeared to eat them. I know birds sometimes eat berries over the winter. Is that what I should expect?
Cute as they are, I am not happy about the berry mess. BTW, I am located just outside of Philadelphia.