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PlantFiles: Flowering Dogwood
Cornus x rutgersensis 'Stellar Pink'

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); Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


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:
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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral IRuehl 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.

Positive operator2002 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.

Neutral silverfern12 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.

Positive Todd_Boland 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.


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
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio

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