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Kentucky Color - Kousa Dogwood weekend

It's Kousa or Japanese Dogwood time this weekend. Beautiful specimen on Tutt ST, Columbia, KYFor next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color - Groundhog Day about Chuck, the orphaned groundhog
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Kousa Dogwood is better known as Japanese Dogwood and is in full bloom this time of the year. Like every other flowering species it is putting on quite a show this year.

KousaDogwoods are easily recognizable because their blooming pattern is basically a blanket of white on a bed of green.


Upon close inspection you will again see that the white part of the bloom is not a flower at all as we discussed earlier about Flowering Dogwood. They are really modified leaves called bracks.

It is all academic since they serve the same purpose as tried, true, and tested flower petals by attracting the attention of passing potential pollinators and sensationally searing our senses.

The accompany photo(s) are from the tree in the corner of the yard of the Delmer and Mabel Upchurch Homeplace on Tutt ST, Columbia, KY, but these beautiful trees can be seen all over town and beyond this weekend.


This story was posted on 2010-05-23 06:13:15
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Kentucky Color: Kousa- or Japanese - Dogwood



2010-05-23 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. Tutt ST, Columbia, KY
Kousa - or Japanese - Dogwood is in bloom at the Delmer and Mabel Upchurch homeplace at the corner of Tutt and Akin Streets in Columbia, KY, and at many other points around the area.

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