Wednesday, September 8, 2010
EDIBLE BERRIES FROM THE KOUSA DOGWOOD
The picture above is a photo of our Japanese or Kousa Dogwood that we had for years shading our deck. I must admit that it was a bit messy. I was always sweeping the flowers and mushy berries off of the deck. But...it was so beautiful.....in the spring with the long lasting flowers and in the fall with the brilliant berries. The tree has since died and I miss it. The part that really upsets me though is that for all of the time this tree graced our deck, I never even once suspected that its berries were edible. I found out about the berries the year we had to cut the tree down...and it was too late. There is one small consolation though....This year we found a small seedling growing out from under the deck which was the offspring of our original tree. We transplanted it close to where the parent tree had been....and it is doing very well. Maybe in a couple more years we will be able to try those beautiful berries that the birds loved so.
Maybe you have a Japanese Dogwood near you or you may want to plant one. See the video below to learn more about these berries