Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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Rosy Teacups® Rutgers Dogwood

Cornus kousa x 'KNI44-2' PP26,211

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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. 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
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The Story

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. 

The Details

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®. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 20' Tall
Avg Mature Width 25' Wide
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color Light to Medium Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Orange-Red
Fruit Time Late Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
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 No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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