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Constellation® Dogwood

Cornus x 'Rutcan'

An impressive, small but vigorous tree with full branching from bottom to top with lush green foliage and a profusion of large, white, flower-like bracts that appear in late spring to early summer. A stellar landscape specimen for small gardens or woodland settings. Highly disease resistant. A sterile cultivar that produces no fruit. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.


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Botanical PronunciationKOR-nus
LoreEastern 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 12 to 18 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Summer
Design IdeasAn elegant accent tree for high profile front yard whether planted in lawns or in beds with more diverse underplanting. Makes a divine 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsWitch Hazel (Hamamelis); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Redbud (Cercis); Oak Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)

Provide enriched, moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep root zone cool in summer. Protect from harsh sun in hot regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system; once established, prefers moist soil, but tolerates mild drought. Feed in early spring. Prune in winter to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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