Flowering Dogwood 'Stellar Pink'

Cornus x rutgersensis

Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Species: x rutgersensis
Cultivar: Stellar Pink
Additional cultivar information:(PP7207, aka Stellar Pink)
Hybridized by Orton (released by Rutgers University, NJ)
Registered or introduced: 1990



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 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:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Savannah, Georgia

Thayer, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Versailles, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Brooklyn, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 5, 2011, IRuehl from Savannah, GA wrote:

I don't know if its due to me planting it close to one of the hottest summer on record for Savannah GA, or if its just too soon to know, but I have had little growth on them, and not much leaves. The leaves I do have are small, and lots of them burned to a crisp, even though I gave this tree sufficient water. Going to see if it dose any better next season.


On May 13, 2011, operator2002 from Thayer, IL wrote:

Bought this tree for my mother about 10 years ago. As it was not in bloom when it was purchased, I was very disappointed when the ensuing flowers appeared to be creamy yellow. I just chalked it up to bad luck and a mis-labeled tree. When it bloomed this spring, I was amazed to finally see the beautiful rosy-hued flowers appear. All told, it's a pretty little tree and seems to do very well in central illinois.


On Jan 25, 2008, silverfern12 from Morrilton, AR wrote:

Dr. Ortin who created the tree just told me that the botanical name is actually Cornus x 'Rutgan', Stellar Pink (with an R-trademark), plant patent # 7207

Can't rate my experience with it yet, as just planted last month.


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

This selection is upright, vigorous, and uniformly wide. the bracts are soft pink and rounded, more like the C. florida parent. It is highly resistant to powdery mildew.