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Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’

Cornus kousa Hance subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’

Benthamidia japonica ‘Lustgarten Weeping’

Dogwood

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderCornalesIncludes dogwoods, hydrangeas, stickleafs, tupelos, even sillyberries
FamilyCornaceaeDogwood family
GenusCornusLatin for “a horn”
Specieskousa
subsp.kousa
Cultivar‘Lustgarten Weeping’

About plant names...

A cultivar of dogwood available from many nurseries, but not found in the wild. (Cornus kousa, the original species, is native to Japan, North Korea, and China.) This cultivar is a “weeping” variety: smaller, more drooping. I’m not a big fan of weeping varieties; I guess I’m not the only one. But hey, I’m not even a serious gardener, so I don’t necessarily get a vote. Here is a list of some common Cornus kousa cultivars.

Identification: This weeping variety is closely related to C. kousa ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’, producing arching branches 12-15' (3.7-4.6 m) up, sometimes cascading to the ground, with the tree reaching a width of about 10' (3 m). The shape is more domelike and shrublike than treelike. Blooms are cream-colored and profuse. Berries resemble strawberries.

Edibility: Poisonous Skull & Crossbones. Seeds and portions of the plant are poisonous.

Online References:

Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ on plants.chaletnursery.com

Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ on awaytogarden.com

Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ on Flickr

Cornus kousa subsp. kousa ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cornus kousa (Dogwood)

6/17/2012 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

Cornus kousa (Dogwood)

6/17/2012 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Cornus kousa (Dogwood)

8/1/2009 · Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, ME
≈ 29 × 44" (73 × 110 cm)

Range: Zones 5a-8b:

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