Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
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Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15' to 20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Cornus x 'Rutgan' PP #7,207
$185.00
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Stellar Pink® Dogwood is a charming multi-season tree that will dress up your entryway garden, patio area, or any of the beds around your home that could use a little sparkle.  This dependable hybrid Dogwood tree will delight you with an abundance of starry pink flowers in late spring.  In summer, the disease-resistant foliage stays clean and healthy-looking, and in fall, the leaves turn garnet red, glowing in the October sunshine.  Narrow in youth, this medium-sized tree fills out with age (don’t we all?).  Be patient, as Stellar Pink® Dogwood does take a few years to start blooming heavily and to develop its rich pink color.  It’s worth the wait!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 15' to 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 Stellar Pink® Dogwood.  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

It is perfectly normal for your Stellar Pink® Dogwood to produce pale pink or even white flowers when it’s young. This is especially likely to occur in cool, wet springs. However, after no more than five years in the ground, your Stellar Pink® Dogwood’s blossoms will consistently display a much deeper color.

How to Grow

Because the Stellar Pink® 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 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15' to 20'
Growth Rate Medium-Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Red
Flower Color Light Pink
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 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

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

Size: B

Size B

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Size A Trees:

5-6' tall and grown in our #7 tree container. You'll get flowers straight away and never look back. This is a fast growing dogwood tree. May require staking at this size.

Size B Trees:

7-8' tall with a broad and well developed branching structure. Bower & Branch Dogwoods are the best on the market, clean and free of pests, healthy and vigorous. One of our fast growing Dogwoods. Grown in our #15 tree container.

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Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Tree
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Leaf
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 552
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 1181
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood Additional Product Shot 1182