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Stellar Pink Flowering Dogwood

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An interesting hybrid adorned with lovely pink blooms and foliage that changes to a reddish purple in the fall; vigorous grower with an erect habit and overlapping branches makes it a great choice for a front yard accent shrub

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
25 feet
Genus:
Cornus
Cultivar:
Stellar Pink
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
layered
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
plum
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Stellar Pink Flowering Dogwood is smothered in stunning clusters of shell pink flowers with pink bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive yellow-tipped green foliage. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding plum purple in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent crimson berries from early to mid fall. The peeling gray bark and antique red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Stellar Pink 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.

Planting & Growing

Stellar Pink Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath 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 foliage 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.

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