Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
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Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 563
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 987

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood
Cornus x 'Rutdan' PP #7,204
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$225.00
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East meets West in this healthy, robust Rutgers Hybrid Dogwood tree that’s easy for even novice gardeners to grow.  Celestial® Dogwood (a.k.a. ‘Galaxy) is a small, upright, ornamental tree that will grace your landscape with loads of large snow-white flowers in spring and ruby-red foliage in fall.  Blooming as its Flowering Dogwood “father” fades and before its Japanese Kousa Dogwood “mother” begins, the hybrid Celestial® bridges the gap between these two heavy hitters of spring and looks sweet with irises and columbines planted at its feet.  This dapper specimen will dress up your front entryway or patio with style, without overwhelming the space.

Growth Facts

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

Forty years ago America’s beloved Flowering Dogwood tree—considered by many to be America’s favorite flowering tree—was threatened by a one-two punch of a pest called Dogwood borer and a disease called Dogwood anthracnose.  In the 1970s, legendary plant breeder Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University devised a plan to improve the disease resistance of Flowering Dogwood by hybridizing it with the naturally disease-resistant Asian “Kousa” Dogwood.  Dr. Orton’s brilliant program has yielded a bumper crop of fantastic new hybrid Dogwood trees for the garden, including Celestial® Dogwood, the first introduction.  It may sound a little funny to think of a tree as an “invention,” but Dr. Orton was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012 for his visionary work.

The Details

This is a hybrid between Florida and Kousa Dogwoods. It is very vigorous, blooms heavily, and is resistant to the common Dogwood problems. Large flower bracts open pure white and appear after florida blooms but before kousa blooms. No fruit is produced. Growth habit is upright to 20' and 15' in width. Plants remain uniform in width rather than vase shaped. Hardy to Zone 5.

How to Grow

Because the Celestial® Dogwood tree has such an excellent genetic makeup, several common Dogwood problems are essentially eliminated.  The risk of this hybrid tree contracting the anthracnose or borer issues that purebred Flowering Dogwoods sometimes succumb to is virtually nil.  All that is left for you to do is to make sure this tree is satisfied in its cultural requirements.  Regular irrigation and freely draining soil are the biggies—Rutgers Dogwoods don’t like to dry out, but they can’t sit for too long with “wet feet.”  Full sun or light shade is best.

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-Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Red
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
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 No
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

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall fast growing Dogwood. Strong stem caliper, well branched, flowering age. Fully formed specimen. Grown in our #15 tree container.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall fast growing Dogwood. Strong stem caliper, well branched, flowering age. Fully formed specimen. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 563
Celestial® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 987