Stellar Pink Dogwood (Cornus x ‘Rutgan’)

Stellar Pink Dogwood

There is nothing so romantic as our beloved native Flowering Dogwood tree. Elegant blooms create quite a show on springtime’s bare, graceful branches. Appreciate this special season with one or more Stellar Pink® Dogwood (Cornus x ‘Rutgan’). These smaller hybrid trees will absolutely thrill you each year as their lavish, light pink bracts start glowing against the gray bark!

Tiny, button-shaped true flowers found at the center of each bloom are also very important to local butterflies and beneficial pollinators. You can feel great about this choice to support them with nectar for several weeks in early spring!

It’s so easy to live with the layered branching. With this improved modern variety from the expert plant scientists at Rutgers University, you even get brilliant fall color! Put on a sweater, and light a fire in the fire pit … your tree’s fall foliage will match your Merlot shared with friends. If you live with snowfall, even winter becomes a feature season. Like a talented ballet dancer, those spreading branches catch and sculpt ice and snow in a genteel dance.

Be a little patient with these lovely trees. It may take a few years to bloom fully, but the delicate pink hue is so worth it! This is a cross between American natives and Japanese native Dogwood, the results will take your breath away! Stellar Pink® shines throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, and this hybrid is also fruit-free!

Planting and Application:

These stunning trees will look beautiful crowning the perennial border. Or, use them as a foundation tree to add charm and curb appeal. Plant one as a perfect specimen, or use several of these pretty maids all in a row. Is there anything as heart-catching as an informal grouping of Dogwood along the far end of a pond? Stellar Pink® Dogwood makes a terrific present to celebrate all kinds of achievements and milestones!

Covered in dark, pointed summer leaves, Stellar Pink® casts a refreshing shade on a courtyard seating area. Although you can custom-fit this understory tree to your space with judicious pruning, we do recommend that you give it room to reach the full height and width on the Plant Highlights.

Dogwood are always lovely as a front yard accent plant or a specimen highlighting your entry. If you need an impressive pop of color in your landscaping, then you have come to the right place! The colors absolutely shine in mass planting, which will draw anyone and everyone to your garden! Line your drive or shade your walkways and paths with these lovely trees, or define your property line while adding privacy that both you and your neighbors won’t mind! You’ll love using these glorious street trees.

  • Lovely Light Pink Flower Bracts
  • Long-Lasting Spring Display
  • Nectar-Rich Resource for Butterflies
  • No Fruit/Sterile Flowers
  • Vigorous Cultivar with an Erect Habit
  • Attractive Foliage & Red-Purple Fall Color
  • Exquisite Branch Structure Looks Pretty All Year-Long!
  • Ornamental Tree for Modern Lots

Tips for Care:

Great in a sunny or semi-shady spot in your yard, Dogwood Trees are easy to care for and cold hardy and aren’t particular on soil type, but they really should be planted in moist, acidic well-drained soil. Once established, they can tolerate some drought, but to best protect your investment, provide supplemental watering. Tolerating slightly acidic soils, use appropriate organic fertilizers that help maintain this acidity and boost their health in early spring. Mulch the root system well to insulate from heat and cold, as well as hold in more moisture and water less often!

Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates. Prune if necessary in late winter or after blooming in spring to remove crossing branches and water growth, or to control the shape. No need to worry about anything harming its beauty, because this plant is incredibly disease resistant!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Needs Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Low Maintenance Cultivar of Native Tree
  • Shows Good Resistance to Powdery Mildew & Dogwood Anthracnose

As you can clearly see, Stellar Pink® Flowering Dogwood offers a tremendously tender visual appeal…people fall in love with this very popular plant.

Stellar Pink Dogwood (Cornus x ‘Rutgan’) Details

Common name Stellar Pink Dogwood
Botanical name Cornus x 'Rutgan'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 - 25 ft.
Width 15 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Pink