Cornus x 'Rutcan'Item #2762 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
An impressive floral display of white flower bracts appear in late spring to early summer. A vigorous, fully branched small tree from bottom to top. Great for small gardens or woodland settings. Highly disease resistant. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KOR-nusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:3 - 9, 14 - 17Growth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growth to 25 ft. tall and as wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late spring to early summer.Flower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasAn elegant accent tree for high profile front yard whether planted in lawns or in beds with more diverse under planting. Makes a stellar focal point in backyard landscape and will draw the eye from a distance. Equally good for shade and interest up close beside porch, patio or terrace. Plant trees perfectly aligned with picture windows or sliding glass door to enjoy its seasonal changes from indoors. One of the best for adding midlevel interest beneath canopies of giant old shade trees. Set into a woodland composition to ease the transition to wildland and to provide more diversity to the understory.Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Redbud (Cercis); Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:In the late 20th century a disease struck Cornus florida both in culivation and in the wild causing the death of millions of trees in North American. Breeding efforts by Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University resulted in the Rutgers Stellar Series dogwoods considered highly resistant to dogwood borer and moderately to highly resistant to dogwood anthracnose. The trees are a cross between C. florida, a native of the American southeastern states and C. kousa, the Japanese dogwood. The Stellar series blooms slightly later and lacks fruit.Lore:Eastern American agricultural tribes used the blooming of the dogwood to signal the time to plant corn. They made tea of dogwood bark was used to break a fever, and this same remedy led to its use again during the Civil War. With southern ports blockaded, Confederates were without quinine for malaria and found the dogwood remedy a suitable alternative. The wood of these trees is exceptionally hard and used for making high-stress tools.