Little Poncho Kousa Dogwood
A Dwarf Flowering Dogwood with Huge Appeal
Little Poncho Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Little Poncho’) is a gem of a dwarf dogwood tree. It flowers profusely in spring, covered with lustrous white petal-like bracts that give larger flowering plants a run for their money. Best of all, if you have a small yard, Little Poncho Dogwood will command attention without overpowering your overall landscape design.
3 Best Features
1. Spring color. Little Poncho Dogwood’s blossoms bloom later in spring than native dogwoods, and they’re held on trees longer. (For a succession of bloom, plant two types of dogwoods -- native trees and Little Poncho.)
2. Fall fruit. You’ll be intrigued by the fall fruit, which looks like raspberries. Birds love these berries, and you can eat them, too!
3. Disease resistance. Kousa dogwood species have higher resistance against the diseases that plague native dogwoods, notably anthracnose.
Design Ideas for a Dwarf Tree
Little Poncho Dogwood reaches a maximum height of only 10 feet, with an equal spread. It fills in small spaces nicely -- the perfect dwarf tree to complement the plants around it. As a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, Little Poncho Dogwood can also be grown as a container plant in zones 7 and 8. Arrange several plants in a triangular-shaped grouping to increase the color impact when trees bloom in spring.
Little Poncho Dogwood flourishes when these growing conditions are met:
• Sun. Full to part sun, with some afternoon shade in warmer Southern regions.
• Soil. Well-draining soil ensures the roots don’t stand in water after heavy rains, which can cause rotting.
• Water. Natural rainfall typically offers sufficient water for established trees, but be sure to keep plants well-watered when conditions are dry or extremely hot. For newly transplanted trees, water them thoroughly and deeply during their first growing season.
• Fertilizer. Apply fertilizer based on soil-test recommendations.
• Pruning. This is one tree you won’t have to prune! Remove broken branches so they don’t rub against healthy branches and cause open wounds.