Rosy Teacups® Rutgers Dogwood
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You'll raise a cup to Rosy Teacups® Rutgers Dogwood in late spring! When the weather turns balmy and it feels wonderful to sit on the patio, that's when this enchanting ornamental tree opens its big, soft pink blossoms. You'll want to host a garden party in its honor. Its four-petaled (-bracted) blooms look like butterflies perched along the branches. In fall, you'll be in a festive mood again when the foliage turns a blazing scarlet-red! Truly outstanding! Rosy Teacups® suits all kinds of garden styles, from laidback to the highly formal. Try it in just about any situation.
The Japanese have been passionate gardeners for centuries, but until relatively recently, they kept their most exquisite finds to themselves. When the U.S. finally forced open the door in the 1850s, Western plants -people got to see what they'd been missing. Naturalized American Thomas Hogg, Jr. was one plant explorer who roots out new treasures for the West, including the Japanese 'Kousa' Dogwood in 1875. Rosy Teacups® Rutgers Dogwood was developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey as part of an extensive Dogwood breeding program that has been going on for decades. This hybrid is the result of a complicated cross that involved mostly Kousa Dogwoods.
Did we forget to mention yet another colorful ornamental feature of this amazing tree? Rosy Teacups® also gets strawberry-like, crimson-red fruits in late summer. The pulp inside is edible (though seedy) and tastes like papaya!
How to Grow
Plant Rosy Teacups® Kousa Dogwood in an area of your yard that receives full sun or light shade. It's not too fussy about soils, but prefers an acid soil and needs good drainage. Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season. Unlike many Flowering Dogwood trees, the Japanese Kousa Dogwood is highly resistant to disease -- most importantly, the dreaded anthracnose that has been threatened so many of our native Dogwoods -- so you can rest easy with Rosy Teacups®.
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