Kousa Dogwoods flower 2-3 weeks later than native varieties, with more cold-hardy buds and strong horizontal branching. White bracts persist for up to 6 weeks, turning pinkish as they age. Reddish raspberry-like fruits adorn the tree from August through October. Summer Gold has golden leaf margins, tinged with pink late in the summer. Scarlet fall color is late and long-lasting. Rich soil is preferred, so amend lean soils with compost. More drought and disease resistant than flowering varieties.