If you need to lighten up the landscape look no further! ‘Wolf Eyes’ Kousa (Cornus kousa) has wavy, variegated leaves that shine bright from the moment they emerge until their edges turn pink in fall. In June the flowers only add to the show! Growing 10-15′ tall with a spread as wide or wider, they can fit nicely into most sites and add a nice broad presence.
Plant in moist well-drained soil in a full sun to partial shade site. Some protection from the hot summer afternoon sun is appreciated.
Don’t be shy about thinning out the tree if needed. Mature Kousas in general are beautiful when their exfoliating bark shows on visible stems. Even though they are resistant to Dogwood borer, it’s still a good idea to try to get trimming done when they are dormant, or right after flowering.