Name: Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ aka the pink kousa dogwood.
Type of Plant: Kousa dogwoods are lovely small trees that are hardy in Zones 5-8. Most have ivory flowers, and are attractive trees, but ‘Satomi’ has pink flowers that have darker edges and lighter centers.
Why I love this: These trees are moderate growers, commonly reaching 20 feet high and 15 feet wide. So they are well-sized for the average landscape. They have attractive fruit later in the summer and early fall as well. I also love the fact that these trees don’t bloom in the early spring, but in the early summer.
A Word to the Wise: Cornus kousa likes a consistently moist soil…not soggy wet, but this isn’t the tree to plant in a landscape that never gets watered either. They grow best in full sun.