I Love Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’

Apr 24, 2020 | Love This!

Name:    Wolf Eye Dogwood aka Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ 

Type of Plant:  This small tree is a variegated version of the popular kousa dogwood. The leaves are not only green and white, but wavy on the edges as well.  You can find single trunk versions, or multi-stemmed plants as I have. Perfect for small landscapes!      

Why I Love/Hate this plant:  Of course we all love variegated plants for bringing additional foliage color into our landscapes. This tree does so in spades, with the added benefit of white flowers in early to mid-summer.  Ten to fifteen tall and wide…or a bit bigger.

A Word to the Wise:   Grow this tree in full sun to part shade, and place it where you will keep the soil evenly moist or deeply watered once a week. (A deep soaking less often is better than a shallow watering every other day. For most plants.)  Like all kousa dogwoods, this one has some years when the flowering is spectacular, and then other years when it’s nice but not outstanding. Enjoy the ride.

The branches of this dogwood spread horizontally so place it accordingly!

As the flowers start to fade they get pinkish spots. The fruits are pink too, adding to the interest later in the fall.


  1. Kathleen waruszewski

    looking for someone in pittsburgh area who sells kousa wolf eyes varagated tree

    • CL Fornari

      Call area nurseries and ask.


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