Another Pink 'Kousa'
Miss Satomi ® Dogwood tree is beautiful as a specimen tree, lawn tree, or in mixed plantings.
The Miss Satomi Dogwood tree, Cornus kousa 'Satomi', produces deep pink flowers that covers the horizontal spreading branches in April to May.
This Japanese selection will make an elegant specimen tree.
It is very hardy and flowers later than other dogwoods. You will most assuredly note its spectacular not-at-all white color, which is more like popsicle pink. This kousa blooms not only in a different color, but at a different time; about a month after every other dogwood is through.
Being very hardy and disease resistant, Satomi Dogwood prefers full sun
to light shade with a well-drained, somewhat acidic soil. Satomi will produce pink-red fruits that appear in autumn.
A truly beautiful specimen tree for the home landscape, with large, showy deep pink flowers in spring and a strongly horizontal habit of growth; prefers rich, well-drained acidic soil and adequate precipitation.
Miss Satomi is one of the hardest pink kousa varities.
The sight of a dogwood in bloom makes a nature lover out of even the most hardhearted curmudgeon. In a native flora liberally sprinkled with springtime flowering trees, the dogwood stands out as our most beloved symbol of spring. Though white is its main color, pink forms also occur.
Dogwoods do best in some shade and rich soil, but can adapt to a variety of conditions with proper care.
Planting Your Dogwood
Select an area of the garden for your pink dogwood. Unless you plan to prune the tree to limit its size, the space should be large enough to accommodate the tree's mature size: 15-to-30 feet tall and wide. Dogwoods can grow in full sun but prefer a site with dappled shade.
Amend the soil, if needed. Dogwoods need slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. If your soil doesn't meet these conditions, amend it with compost before planting your dogwood.
Soak your tree in a bucket of water for four hours before planting if you've purchased a bare-root dogwood. For a container-grown tree, water it thoroughly before you remove it from its container.
Dig a hole for your flowering dogwood. The planting hole should be as deep as and twice as wide as the roots of your dogwood.
Make a mound in the center of your planting hole. The mound should be tall enough so when the tree is set on it, the part of the tree where the roots join the trunk sits slightly above ground level. Spread the roots of the tree evenly over the mound and fill in the hole with the soil you dug out earlier. As you fill, press the soil lightly to firm it around the roots.
Water the tree thoroughly and place a 4-to 6-inch layer of mulch around the tree. If necessary, stake the tree to hold it straight. Over the first year, water the tree regularly and don't let the soil dry out.