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Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) vs. Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Updated April 20th, 2020

The native flowering dogwood is sometimes confused with the introduced Kousa dogwood, which is common in landscaping and has also established in the wild in the region around NYC. The two species have similar leaves, but are easily told apart at any time of year by fruit, bark, or flowers.

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