[nafex] Cornus Kousa fruit

Lucky Pittman Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu
Fri Aug 31 09:19:59 EDT 2001


At 01:07 AM 08/31/2001 +0000, Robert wrote:
>I stumbled across a Corus Kousa tree today, and I was anxious to try
>its fruit.  I was surprised in how sweet it was, though the skin was a
>little bitter and the flesh was very mealy. I was wondering what other
>people thought of the fruit and is there a way of getting rid of the
>mealyness.  Better yet, are there any varieties that are superior?

Don't know how much selection has been made for fruit quality, as C.kousa 
has principally been utilized as an ornamental, in this country, but there 
are at least a couple of selections that have been made, based on larger 
fruit size.  "Big Apple" is one, listed by Mike Dirr, in his Manual of 
Woody Landscape Plants(don't have it here at the office, so I don't know 
where it's available).
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY


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