Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' - Chinese Dogwood from Quackin Grass Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' - Chinese Dogwood from Quackin Grass Nursery

Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun'

Chinese Dogwood

Plant Type:


Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' - ​8 available in true 3 gallon rounds. A very nice variegated Chinese Dogwood with all green to gray-green leaves exhibiting broad, irregular white margins. Leaves emerge green, pink and cream-white maturing to green and white. In autumn variegated tissue turns neon pink to red with the gray-green hearts becoming bronzy red-purple. Nice! The flower is typical with four bracts at the heart of which set the actual sexual parts. When pollinated (and here they always are) these develop into the large showy red fruits that when paired with the gorgeous autumn leaves makes a strong, bold and maybe even raucous display. One of the less-discussed Chinese Dogwood traits is that the bark becomes beautifully marbled in time with irregular rounds, coins, and flecks of olive, dark brown, cinnamon and gray. 'Summer Fun' will grow to a fun-sized 15 feet, perhaps 20 feet over a long period of time and is a beauty in four seasons. Full sun in fertile, draining ground. What a specimen this will make. Summer fun... what a magical, distant concept for the nursery owner. These are grafted.

Please scroll down to Genus Overview for more information.


15 ft


15 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Marbled
  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Alee
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Garden Origin

Genus Overview: Cornus

Cornus. The Dogwoods come in many sizes – low growing shrubs to rounded trees. Many have beautiful winter wood, beautiful flowers and berries for wildlife. Most have terrific fall foliage color. They are indispensable in a garden with almost all species and cultivars sporting 4 seasons of interest. All prefer fertile soils that retain some moisture between rainfalls. Many if not all are a presently a botanical Latin taxonomic tangle. In fact, taxonomists have been very busy renaming both trees and shrubs to the point that they have managed to do to Dogwoods what they foisted upon Asters. For the nursery owner the outcome is nothing but a monstrous tangle of confusion for nurseries and customers alike. And as much as I rail against common names I now use the word "aster" as I utilize "dogwood" for the sake and ease of lubricated communication. Ours are being offered under monikers that are currently embraced by most folks in the industry but followed parenthetically with the swanky new names foisted upon us all by the taxonomists... those elusive, ghostly beings who secretly impose as do the FISA court judges in the U.S. (Uh oh, they've begun an FBI folder on me!!!) We take many of our cues from the esteemed Michael Dirr... not regarding FISA courts or the FBI. You know what I mean. All of our offerings are cutting grown.