Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Kousa Dogwood

Ron Swarner

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This week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma tree is the kousa dogwood on Proctor Street and North 31st Street at the edge of the Puget Creek Natural area in Proctor. Photo credit: Kate Swarner

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Kousa Dogwood

“Next to the Puget Creek Natural Area, at the corner of Proctor Street and North 31st, stands a trio of stunning kousa dogwoods. You can’t miss them. They’re bold and bright pink, like you rarely see in dogwoods,” explains Sarah Low, executive director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation.

These kousa dogwoods are this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.

“Kousa dogwoods are reliable tree for the Tacoma area,” Low continues. “Normally, they would not be recommended for use as a street tree, but in a wide right-a-way street such as this one on Proctor, the dogwoods have enough room to grow in their natural form of 20 feet or so across. I think this particular tree is Cornus kousa ‘Scarlet fire’ (or maybe ‘Satomi’), which is known for its vibrant long-lasting pink color. While these trees will never be huge at 20-30 feet tall, they will, like all living trees, continue to grow.

“A fun fact about these three trees is that you can go on to Google maps and go back to the year they were planted and watch them grow over time. Growth can be an inspiring thing to observe and is even better to participate in.”

Check out team kousa dogwood, and then head for a growler fill of Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on their house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish.

Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints. We will host TTF fundraisers during Tree-dimensional IPA’s reign as our house beer, which pours through October 2020.

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