Plant Care Japanese Dogwood

Japanese Dogwood

Also known as

Kousa Dogwood, Kousa Dogwood, Chinese Dogwood and Korean Dogwood


Cornus kousa

How to care for Japanese Dogwood


How often to water your Japanese Dogwood

Water needs for Japanese Dogwood
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Dogwood needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Japanese Dogwood

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Kousa Dogwood in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Dogwood: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Dogwood love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Japanese Dogwood does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Japanese Dogwood in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Japanese Dogwood

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese Dogwood: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Japanese Dogwood after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Japanese Dogwood is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Japanese Dogwood

Japanese Dogwood

Japanese Dogwood

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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