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Aurora Flowering Dogwood

Cornus 'Rutban'

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Aurora Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutban') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Aurora Flowering Dogwood flowers

Aurora Flowering Dogwood flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Aurora Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutban') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Aurora Flowering Dogwood in bloom

Aurora Flowering Dogwood in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Group/Class:  Stellar Series

Description:

A fabulous hybrid adorned with striking white blooms that cover it in spring, and foliage that changes to a rich red in the fall; vigorous grower with an erect habit and slightly pendulous branches makes it a great choice for a front yard accent tree

Ornamental Features

Aurora Flowering Dogwood is smothered in stunning clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling gray bark and indian red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Aurora Flowering Dogwood is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aurora Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Aurora Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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