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Celestial Flowering Dogwood

Cornus 'Rutdan'

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Celestial Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutdan') at Plant World

Celestial Flowering Dogwood flowers

Celestial Flowering Dogwood flowers

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Celestial Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutdan') at Plant World

Celestial Flowering Dogwood in bloom

Celestial Flowering Dogwood in bloom

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Celestial Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Rutdan') at Plant World

Celestial Flowering Dogwood flowers

Celestial Flowering Dogwood flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Group/Class:  Rutgers Stellar Series

Description:

Beautiful, white star-like bracts cover this small broadly spreading ornamental tree with layered branches; bracts are rounded compared to the species, starts flowering a few days after other varieties have stopped; produces no fruit

Ornamental Features

Celestial Flowering Dogwood is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling gray bark and indian red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Celestial Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Celestial Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Celestial Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features