Cornus x kousa ‘KN30-8’, Cornus x kousa ‘Venus’ – Venus® Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus x kousa ‘KN30-8’, Cornus x kousa ‘Venus’

Alternate Name: Venus® Kousa Dogwood

The Venus® Dogwood (Cornus x kousa ‘Venus’) is a beautiful, spring-blooming, ornamental dogwood with a profusion of very large, white flowers. It is a vigorous, small deciduous tree with a dense and spreading, low-growing habit. Venus® grows to a height of 14-18 feet tall and 18-24 feet wide – which means this tree grows wider than it is tall.

This dogwood is a cross between Cornus kousa ‘Chinensis’ x Cornus nuttallii ‘Goldspot‘ x Cornus kousa ‘Rosea’. It’s a cross between the Native Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) found growing in the Pacific Northwest and the Chinese/Korean Dogwood. The hybrid was developed for Rutgers University as part of the dogwood Jersey Star® series by Elwin R. Orton, Jr.

The flowers are made up of four white bracts that curve over forming a cup shape. The true flowers that are found at the center are insignificant and yellowish-green in color. The bract ‘flowers’ measure 6 inches in diameter.

In the fall, the Venus® Dogwood develops red berries that look similar to a strawberry. These berries attract birds to the tree. If any berries are left, they will persist on the tree into the winter. Venus® produces dense growth. The leaves are glossy and dark green. The foliage turns a bright red in the fall.

No serious insect or disease problems. Venus® Dogwood has excellent resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew. It can become susceptible to dogwood borers when stressed. Leaf scorch can occur in hot and windy locations.


Height: 14-18 ft.
Width: 18-24 ft.
Shape: Round, Spreading
Flower Color: White
Flowering Time: April-May
Fall Color: Red
Features: Stunning spring flower display, red berries persist in winter, bright fall color
Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Moist, rich and acidic, well-drained soil. But adaptable to different soil types.
Growth Rate: Fast
USDA Zones: 6-9
Uses: Specimen/accent tree, patio tree, lawn tree, shade tree, massed plantings, mixed borders, wildlife gardens
Similar Trees: Chinese Dogwood (Cornus kousa), Stellar Pink® Dogwood (Cornus x ‘Rutgan’), Eddie’s White Wonder Dogwood (Cornus x ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’), Milky Way Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’), Cherokee Chief Dogwood (Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’)

Additional information


Rounded, Spreading

Flower Color


Flowering Time

April, May

Fall Color


Growth Rate



Accent Tree, Lawn Tree, Mass Planting, Mixed Borders, Patio Tree, Shade Tree, Specimen Tree, Wildlife Gardens

USDA Zones

6, 7, 8, 9

Mature Height


Mature Width



Full Sun, Partial Shade

Available Form

Multi-stem form, Tree form

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