Starlight® Dogwood Tree
Starlight® Dogwood Leaf
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Starlight® Dogwood Tree
Starlight® Dogwood Leaf
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Starlight® Dogwood Additional Product Shot 760

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Starlight® Dogwood

Cornus kousa x nutallii 'KN4-43'

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Just when you thought Dogwood trees couldn’t be any more beautiful, Starlight® Dogwood comes along and raises the bar. This newly released hybrid tree flaunts a profusion of pristine white five-inch flowers in spring. Even young trees are loaded with the oversized blooms, and the show only gets better each year. Starlight® Dogwood’s dense branching habit makes this uncommon mid-sized tree a wonderful privacy screen along your property line, though you’ll probably want to showcase it front-and-center in your front yard. And, as it is immune to powdery mildew and anthracnose (common Dogwood diseases), Starlight® isn’t only a pretty choice, but a smart one!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Dr. Elwin Orton’s brilliant Dogwood breeding program at Rutgers University has yielded a bumper crop of fantastic new hybrid trees for the garden.  His Kousa Dogwood × Flowering Dogwood crosses (such as Celestial®) receive all the attention—however, Starlight® is different.  This showstopper is a cross between the Japanese Kousa Dogwood and our native Pacific Dogwood of the West Coast.  Dr. Orton made the cross back in 1973, but didn’t release Starlight® to the public until 2004.  After 30 years of observation, the original tree was healthy and robust and had never fallen prey to any insect pest or disease.

The Details

Starlight® Dogwood is the first-ever cross between the Japanese Kousa Dogwood and the American Pacific Dogwood.  It is similar to the offspring of another cross of this type, Venus®Dogwood, but it’s not quite so over-the-top (Venus® has six-inch flowers!).  Starlight® also starts blooming about a week before Venus®.

How to Grow

Hybrid trees often show what is known as “hybrid vigor,” which usually translates to fast growth, disease resistance, and larger flowers.  Starlight® Hybrid Dogwood is no exception.  This stellar tree will give you lots of bang for your buck and is low maintenance to boot.  Like most Dogwoods, Starlight® prefers a site in full sun to part shade.  It has a decent amount of drought resistance wired into its genes, but for the best results, water it regularly.  Not too much!  This tree doesn’t tolerate constantly wet soil.  Starlight® is hardy to -10°F, but flower production is best where winter temperatures don’t fall below 0°F (Zone 7).

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 30'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange/Red
Flower Color White
Flower Time Late Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size C Trees:

7-9’ tall. This dogwood tree is pruned to exceptional form with a stem caliper over 2” and shipped in our #25 or #30 tree container. Starlight dogwood is sized to be an all star in your landscape that will require 2 people to plant.

Starlight® Dogwood Tree
Starlight® Dogwood Leaf
Starlight® Dogwood Additional Product Shot 760