Hyperion® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
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Hyperion® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Hyperion® Rutgers Dogwood

Cornus kousa x florida 'KF111-1' PP22,219

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The Hyperion® Hybrid Dogwood is a dynamic new ornamental tree that will delight you with a year-long procession of colorful flowers, fruit, and foliage. In late spring, the white blossoms will smother the branches in a floral avalanche. In late summer, the funny nubbly red fruits will steal the show. And when the days turn crisp and cool, this dazzling tree will grace your garden with orange, yellow, and purple fall foliage. Plant Hyperion® Dogwood near your porch, patio, or wherever you entertain, and it will be a topic of conversation at your next get-together, no matter what time of year!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Hyperion® arose from the legendary Dr. Elwin Orton’s Dogwood breeding program at Rutgers University. After a devastating Dogwood anthracnose disease began attacking Flowering Dogwoods in the 1970s and ’80s, Dr. Orton had the brilliant idea to cross our native tree with Asian Dogwoods. Bred in 1989, the recently released Hyperion® is composed of three-quarters Japanese Kousa Dogwood and one-quarter American Flowering Dogwood. It has the same great resistance to anthracnose of the Kousas, and it’s also very resistant to powdery mildew. This fast-growing tree is the most vigorous of the Rutgers hybrids, too.

The Details

Of the Kousa-Flowering Dogwood crosses released by the Rutgers program so far, none have a consistent display of showy fruit… except for Hyperion®. Hyperion’s red, cherry-sized fruits will get some quizzical looks from your guests! They’re globe-shaped like Kousa fruits but covered with bumps (the fruits, not your guests). The Kousa blood in this tree also means that in time, you’ll get to see that wonderful exfoliating patchwork bark that Kousas are famous for.

How to Grow

Like most Dogwoods, this tree will flower and fruit most heavily in full sun, but light shade is acceptable, too. Hyperion® has proven itself to be surprisingly drought-hardy, although like nearly all trees for your yard, it does appreciate regular irrigation, especially during that critical establishment period. A layer of mulch and the Bower & Branch™ Water Element will keep your tree’s roots cool and moist. This tree won’t take up much of your valuable time for maintenance. Diseases are of little concern, and pruning will be minimal. If you do choose to trim your tree, the best time to do it is right after flowering.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium-Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Orange/Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time 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 Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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Hyperion® Rutgers Dogwood Tree