May 30, 2017

Japanese Dogwood

Kyoōto Municipal Museum of Art, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
京都市美術館(京都市左京区岡崎円勝寺町)

Dogwood trees are widely known for their delicate beauty, and the kousa variety adds a toughness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. The tree also makes a visual contribution year-round. In spring, it produces a heavenly array of star-like blooms. In summer, its intriguing canopy of layered branches provides shade and beauty. In autumn, it offers spectacular bright red color. Even in winter, this tree has an appeal all its own with bark that resembles a jigsaw puzzle. The spring blooms are probably the tree’s largest selling point—and its most misunderstood. The white “petals” aren’t actually petals at all. They are modified leaves called bracts that surround the small, greenish-yellow, insignificant flowers.

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