I doubt many of you know a Kousa Dogwood from a regular one. Well, this is one all berried and ready for birds to nibble on them...at least I think they must. The berries, or seed pods, are never there after the winter and they don't show up on the ground around the shrub so....I just assume the birds have at them. Good guess, I'd say.
I like the Kousa Dogwood. It looks very pretty in spring when it flowers, the leaves turn a nice burgundy color in autumn and these berries are lovely, too. Weird as it may seem I prefer the regular dogwood, Cornus florida. Why? Two reasons...maybe three.
...and the seeds.
The third reason is a silly one, but I'll tell you anyway. When I was a kid living out on Long Island my uncle had a flowering dogwood tree in his front yard and my cousins and I used to take the seeds off the tree and throw them at each other. It was fun! Silly, yes, but fun. So, I would say it's the good memories associated with that tree which make me like it better than the Kousa.
I never knew the Kousa until I came to live in the Poconos--a nasty USDA zone 5, by the way. I tried in vain to grow a Cornus florida, but it just never would take. I didn't understand it. All the books, even the famed Arbor day foundation Book of trees insisted it was hardy here, and yet I could not grow it. I had to settle for the much hardier Kousa.
I'll have you know I've not given up on growing the flowering dogwood. I've seen them in the Poconos growing nicely so I know it can be done. It may just be my swampy land. I'll have to fix that somehow.