More Flowers than the Milky Way
For six weeks, the Milky Way dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’) carpets its limbs in white blossoms—actually white bracts—in late spring to early summer, putting on a breathtaking show. For years I’ve admired the trees in my neighborhood but didn’t know the cultivar name. Literally, thousands of blooms cover a single tree. Even relatively young, smaller trees are covered with blooms. I just planted a Cornus kousa ‘Venus’, which offers fewer but larger blossoms, and I second guess my choice each time I pass a ‘Milky Way’.
Red, strawberry-like edible fruits develop as summer progresses. The fruit appeals to birds as well as humans (peel them and eat the soft, custard-like insides). It has a height and spread of 15 to 20 feet. The leaves have nice orange-red to scarlet color in the fall making Milky Way a multi-season gem for Zone 5-8 gardens. Milky Way’s white flowers age to pink; however, there are at least two pink blooming cultivars: ‘Satomi’ and ‘Beni Fuji’
What do you think? Should I plant ‘Milky Way’ instead of ‘Venus’?