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Cultural Details for Cornus florida var. rubra

Common Name:
Pink Flowering Dogwood

Growth Rate:
Slow to Medium

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
True flowers in April-May, greenish yellow, 0.25" across, held upright along stems. The showy parts are the 4 pinkish to reddish bracts which are ovate and about 2" long. Flowers open before the leaves and are effective for 10-14 days.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, glossy red 0.33" to 0.5" long, ovid, 3-4 to a cluster, ripening in September-October

Fall Color:
Red to reddish purple fall color

Bark Details:
Reddish brown when young transforming to grayish brown with age developing “alligator hide" appearance

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to numerous pests when under stress

Native Habitat:
Massachusetts to Florida west to Ontario, Texas, and Mexico

Other Features:
Less cold hardy, resistant to canker, moderately susceptible to leaf spot and anthracnose

Culture and Care:
Acid well-drained soil, performs best in some shade. Not pollution tolerant

This plant was blooming:
4/14/2010 - 4/19/2010
4/15/2005 - 5/6/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
2450, 2470

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.