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Cornus kousa Scarlet Fire (Kousa Dogwood)

Scarlet Fire Dogwood, Cornus kousa 'Rutpink'


Prized for its unique rich fuchsia flowers, Cornus kousa Scarlet Fire (Kousa Dogwood) is a small deciduous tree with 4 seasons of interest. In spring, a profusion of deep pink to fuchsia, star-shaped flowers, 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), cover the tree, creating a striking floral show. Lasting 6-8 weeks, their non-overlapping and pointed bracts give them a very distinct shape that along with their striking color sets this dogwood apart from other Kousa dogwoods. The blossoms give way to large pinkish-red, strawberry like fruit in summer, which persist into fall, unless devoured by hungry birds. In summer, its canopy of layered branches, clad with ovate, dark green leaves, with purple tinges in new growth, provides shade and beauty. In the fall, it offers spectacular bright color when its foliage turns attractive shades of red and orange. In winter, its exfoliating, mottled, tan and gray bark adds interest to the landscape. Noted for its disease and pest resistance, cold and heat tolerance, plant this flowering tree is as a specimen or in small groupings for a dramatic effect. This Kousa Dogwood cultivar was developed in 2016 at Rutgers University.

  • Grows up to 20-25 ft. tall (6-8 m) and 15-20 ft. wide (4-6 m). This tree grows at a medium rate, adding 12–24 in. per year (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade, in organically rich, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils. Provide consistent moisture during hot summers.
  • Generally pest free, this plant may be affected by cornus anthracnose diseases.
  • Easy to grow, easy to care for, deer resistant.
  • This Dogwood naturally forms a well-branched framework and requires little or no pruning.
  • Great choice as a specimen near patios or in lawns, in shrub borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings or grafting.
  • Cornus kousa species is native to Japan, Korea and China

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Cornus - Dogwoods
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 20' – 25' (6m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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