Re: viburnum plicatum tomentosum vs cornus kousa bloom
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I’ve had both in my garden. The Kousa dogwood is a big showy tree, upright with a very rounded crown, gets very wide. Flowers reliably for a long time. Overused in southern New England, and just looks tree-like… you don’t notice it so much when it’s out of flower. My tree was 20 feet high and very wide.
It can’t hold a candle to the wedding cake drapey elegance of the doublefile viburnum. The viburnum is smaller (still a very large shrub, though, at 12 – 15 feet), with branches all the way down to the ground and much nicer interesting form. Flowers are also showy, fall color is deep mahogany. I like the viburnum so much better for its sweeping elegance, lacy flowers and seasons of interest.