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Taxon: Cornus kousa Hance

Genus: Cornus
Family: Cornaceae subfamily: Cornoideae
Nomen number: 11560
Place of publication: J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 13:105. 1873
Name verified on: 14-Jul-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Jul-2010
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA).
Accessions: 9 in National Plant Germplasm System.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • Chinese dogwood   (Source: Pl Names ) – English   [Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis]
  • Japanese dogwood   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English   [Cornus kousa subsp. kousa]
  • Japanese dogwood   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – English
  • kousa   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • kousa dogwood   (Source: Man Woody Landsc Pl []) – English
  • si zhao hua   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese   [Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis]
  • cornouiller kousa   (Source: Zander Ency ) – French   [Cornus kousa subsp. kousa]
  • cornouiller kousa   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – French
  • chinesischer Blumen-Hartriegel   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German   [Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis]
  • japanischer Blumen-Hartriegel   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German   [Cornus kousa subsp. kousa]
  • japanischer Blumen-Hartriegel   (Source: Zander ed16 ) – German
  • kinesisk blomsterkornell   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Cornus kousa subsp. chinensis]
  • koreansk blomsterkornell   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Nei Monggol, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Honshu, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan

  • also cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. [= Dendrobenthamia japonica (DC.) W. P. Fang].
  • Dirr, M. A. 1998. Manual of woody landscape plants: their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses, ed. 5.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2000. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993–. Flora of Japan. [lists as C. kousa Buerger ex Miq.; = Benthamidia japonica (Siebold & Zucc.) H. Hara].
  • Lee, Y. N. 1997. Flora of Korea. [lists as C. kousa Buerger & Hance].
  • Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.).
  • Walker, E. 1976. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands.
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986–. European garden flora.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).


Check other web resources for Cornus kousa Hance:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Cornus kousa cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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