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Flowering Dogwood 'Venus'


Family: Cornaceae
Genus: Cornus (KOR-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Venus
Additional cultivar information:(PP16309, aka KN30-8)
Hybridized by Orton-Gant
Registered or introduced: 2003



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


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:

Winnetka, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Brooklyn, New York

Chester, New York

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 7, 2018, jg17996 from Denver, CO wrote:

Venus Dogwood - had two - neither have done well in 3 years, barely had leaves on them through the summer coastal Alabama. Replacing with Empress of China in a couple of weeks.


On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The following is for info. only:

(Plant Patent 16,309. Cultivar: KN-30-8.) Venus is the Dogwood we've all been waiting for. Not only are its blooms enormous and lovely, but it is superbly disease resistant, demonstrates fine winter hardiness, is drought tolerant, and has a low-branched, full habit that keeps it colorful right down to the ground. And as the fastest-growing Dogwood, it will grow up, fill out, and bloom spectacularly, all within a very few seasons.

These shamrock-shaped blooms are fully 6 inches wide and wonderfully symmetrical, with 4 huge petals surrounding a tiny green center. Float them in a bowl of water, or cut an entire branch and display in water for splendid spring color indoors. A fully-blooming tree is an unforgettable sight!
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On Jan 28, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

As an additional note, this selection is a hybrid between C. kousa and C. nuttallii.


On Nov 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A wonderful new Dogwood produced by Dr. Elwin Orton, Jr. of Rutgers University. Flowers are very large, 6 inches or more on established trees.

With some dogwood trees, the blooms come first and the leaves come later, but with this cultivar, the flowers and leaves arrive at the same time. It will grow in a variety of light conditions from full sun to shade. It reaches a height of 30'.

This tree is so new, it's pretty hard to come by. It's worth the hunt, though.