Scarlet Fire Pink Kousa Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'Rutpink' Scarlet Fire TM PP 28,311
Deep pink to fuchsia coloration at its peak. May blooms are 4-5 " across. Flowers heavy at only 4 years old. Moderately vigorous tree grows 3+ feet in the first year and to 8' high in 8-10 years. Grows 12- 24" per year after the first year.
The color is light pink the first 2 years as the tree becomes established. Fertile soil and full sun will create best deep pink color. Requires 4 hours of full sun to flower.
Partial shade can be helpful in the afternoon.
History: The Rutgers NJAES All-Star Variety is the ‘Rutpink’ Scarlet Fire® dogwood tree! This is the first Cornus kousa variety released in over 45 years of breeding where Rutgers plant breeder, Dr. Tom Molnar, continued the decades of work started by renowned breeder and professor emeritus Dr. Elwin Orton in the 1970s. Scarlet Fire® dogwood is a deep pink-to-fuchsia bracted dogwood tree, known for its deep, consistently pink bracts that contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage. This tree blooms from late May to early June, making it one of the latest-blooming dogwood tree varieties developed at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
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Photos courtesy of Rutgers University (photo taken from tree tag) & Toms Creek Nursery in Denton, NC (336) 857-2131
|Height||20 - 25'|
|Spread||15' - 20'|
|Shape||Upright & Spreading|
|Primary Foliage Color||Green|
|Seasonal Foliage Color||Reds, Oranges|
|Flower Color||Deep Pink to Fuchsia|
|Sun Preferences||Sun to Partial Shade|
|Water Preferences||Average: Ensure planting area provides adequate drainage.|
|Cold Hardiness Zone||5 to 8|