Stellar Pink® Dogwood

Botanical Name: Cornus x ‘Rutgan’

Alternate Name: Stellar Pink Flowering Dogwood

The Stellar Pink Dogwood is another beautiful flowering ornamental dogwood. It is a hybrid cross between Cornus florida x Cornus kousa. This prized tree is part of a series of ‘Stellar’ dogwoods released by Rutgers University and developed by Elwin R. Orton, Jr.

This small deciduous tree has a pyramidal, upright, and dense growth habit and vigorously grows to a height and width of 15-30 feet. 

The Stellar Pink Dogwood grows best in part shade, particularly during the hottest part of the afternoon, although it can tolerate full sun conditions. It makes a majestic patio, shade, or lawn tree.

The stunning show of pink flowers appears in spring after the tree has leafed out. This is typical of Korean dogwoods (Cornus kousa). The blooms occur in April or May. They measure 3-5 inches in diameter. Four bracts make up the showy part of the ‘flower,’ but the true flowers are actually found clustered in the center where the bracts meet. 

The leaves of the Cherokee Chief Dogwood are elliptical to oval in shape and an attractive shade of dark green, with the typical dogwood parallel venation. The foliage turns a deep purplish-red in the fall.

Cornus x ‘Rutgan’ has resistance to anthracnose and dogwood borer. It doesn’t need much pruning, except to remove any broken branches. However, it can be susceptible to powdery mildew and canker. Leaf scorch can occur in hot and windy locations.

Category:

Height: 15-30 ft.

Width: 15-30 ft.

Shape: Pyramidal, Broad

Flower Color: Light to rose pink

Flowering Time: April-May

Fall Color: Red, Purple

Features: Stunning spring flower display, bright red fall color

Exposure: Sun to Part Shade

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Moist, rich and acidic well-drained soil, but adaptable to different soil types.

Growth Rate: Fast

USDA Zones: 5-9

Uses: Specimen/accent tree, patio tree, lawn tree, massed plantings, mixed borders, wildlife gardens

Similar trees: Cornus kousa, Cornus x 'Cherokee Chief'