Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida f. rubra)

Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree

Yes, she likes turning heads! Yes, she likes dressing up! Yes, she commands attention! Yes, the Pink Dogwood Tree looks like a “diva”, but she doesn’t act like one! Thankfully, this is a hard-working, low-maintenance tree, so you won’t have to work hard to love her! These hardy trees are native to the United States and are one of the earliest trees to bloom. Let’s face it…everyone wants one because of the flower display! The Pink Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida f. rubra) will look fantastic in your landscape all year round!

Beginning the year with dramatic pink flowering bracts that fade to white centers, highlighting the greenish button-like true flowers in the center! They appear before the leaves in early spring. They’ll start as light pink and deepen into rose pink as they age. Each tree then has multiple colors of pink blooming at the same time!

Those showy bracts can last for a long time and are 3-4 inches across! These are nectar-rich landing pads for beneficial pollinators and offer up an early-season buffet! Pink Dogwoods will even start flowering as young as just 3 or 4 feet tall. Talk about eager to please!

The leaves then emerge in deep green in the summer and turn an eye-catching crimson in the fall. Also in fall, if the songbirds don’t carry them off first, you’ll enjoy a showy display of purplish-red berries that persist into the winter! While we can’t eat them, local songbirds and your seasonal décor will benefit greatly!

In the winter, the peeling bark stands out in grey and cinnamon colors, which is especially showy in a snowy yard. The bark on older plants begins to peel and is very attractive. It is worth highlighting with some landscape lighting. The peeling bark is cinnamon-colored and super interesting. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these trees grow to a lovely 15-25 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

This small ornamental tree can be used in many places, including near the entrance to your home, or under utility wires. They make fantastic edge-of-the-woods plants, understory trees, single specimen plants, or up near your patio where you can enjoy the flower and enjoy the wildlife it attracts!

Plant multiples in groups for a naturalized woodland setting. The Pink Flowering Dogwood looks best when you use an odd number of trees, so get 3, 5, or even 7 and artistically place them in a curve or even a zig-zag for best results. They’ll give you a fabulous “vista” or view, so place them where you’ll be able to appreciate them from inside your house, too!

For a standardized look, use 3 of the same variety. Or, if you have a flair for the dramatic, pair them with other types of Dogwoods. Create an “ombre” effect by planting them with other varieties. Move from White Dogwoods, to Pink, all the way through Scarlet Fire® and Ragin’ Red™ Dogwood! This would be an absolutely spectacular, clever presentation!

What a special tree!

Gorgeous street trees, shade trees, and even for privacy hedgerows and shelterbelts! Keep the lower branching intact for screening en masse or in long rows mixed with other flowering shrubs and shrubby trees! You’ll create wildlife, pollinator, and bird-friendly privacy havens with ease!

  • Big Display in Early Spring!
  • Showy Bright Pink Bracts Fade White In The Center
  • Graceful Form & Green Foliage
  • Birds Love The Fall Red Berries
  • Outstanding Fall Color & Winter Appeal!
  • Hardy Small Native Tree, Woodland, Groupings, Understory & Specimens

Tips for Care:

Keeping your easy-care Pink Flowering Dogwood Trees healthy and vigorous by doing a few simple things will pay off. They can grow in full sun or partial shade. They love a rich organic, acidic soil that drains well is best, but tolerates just about any soil condition, does well in full sun or light shade and won’t grow out of bounds. They love having their root systems covered with a nice layer of mulch to keep the soil evenly moist and cooler. They do not like the sun to bake the roots beneath. Additional moisture weekly or as needed will also keep your plant happy.

Prune them to shape when dormant, and remove water growth or suckers after flowering. Decide what you want to keep first, then remove crossed branches and branches heading into the interior of the canopy to open it up for sunlight penetration and air circulation.

  • Full Sun & Partial/Afternoon Shade
  • Needs Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Tolerates Deer, & Pest/Disease-Resistant

The fabulous Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree variety would make a wonderful tree to plant for a birthday, an adoption, a memorial, or to mark a new beginning!

Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree (Cornus florida f. rubra) Details

Common name Pink Flowering Dogwood Tree
Botanical name Cornus florida f. rubra
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 15 - 25 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium/Consistent
Soil condition Widely Adaptable Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Pink