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PlantFiles: Flowering Dogwood
Cornus x rutgersensis 'Aurora'

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: x rutgersensis
Cultivar: Aurora
Additional cultivar information: (PP7205, aka Aurora, Rutban)
Hybridized by Orton (released by Rutgers University, NJ); Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

One vendor has this plant for sale.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Cornus Aurora presents a floral display so profuse that it completely covers the foliage in dazzling white! The bracts of each flowerhead are very large, rounded, and overlapping, enhancing the effect of solid color.

Aurora is one of the Stellar Dogwoods, spectacular hybrids that are floriferous and highly pest- and disease-resistant. After more than 25 years of crossing strains of C. florida and C. kousa, Dr. Elwin Orton developed a hybrid series more floriferous, pest and disease resistant, and vigorous than their North American or Chinese parents.

Highly resistant to Anthracnose and borers, they also boast nearly twice the growth rate of either species. And their bloom is magnificent! Over a 2 week season in late spring, they produce an incredible bounty of flowers. Plant them with spring blooming C. florida and early summer blooming C. kousa to enjoy weeks of continual flowers.

The form of Cornus Aurora is upright but wide spreading, reaching 18 by 20 feet. Zones 5-8.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 29, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A typical white-flowered flowering dogwood, this one is a hybrid between C. kousa and C. florida.

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