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Dogwood, Pink Cornus florida 'Rubra'

Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida 'Rubra'
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Biscuit-shaped flowers grace this low-branching tree. Berries are glossy, red and attractive to birds. In winter, gray stems and checkered bark contrast with snow. Prefers partial shade; acid, moist, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-9)

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Zones 5 - 9 Zones 5 - 9
Hardiness Zones 5 - 9
The Pink Dogwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
25' High 25' High
Mature Height
The Pink Dogwood grows to be 25' feet in height.
25' Spread 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Pink Dogwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This dogwood does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Pink Dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This dogwood has rounded shape.
Attributes

This is a good tree for planting near utility lines, next to buildings, or near patios. It is also an excellent contrast tree for larger evergreen backgrounds. The fruit is a favorite of songbirds.

Description

Biscuit-shaped flowers grace this low-branching tree. Berries are glossy, red and attractive to birds. In winter, gray stems and checkered bark contrast with snow. Prefers partial shade; acid, moist, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-9)

Wildlife Value

The Pink Dogwood is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and waxwings. Fruits persist through winter.

History/Lore/Use

A variety of the flowering Dogwood, this tree was first noticed and recorded by plant hunter Marc Catesby in 1731. The tree was soon cultivated and remains highly popular today.

Moisture

Moist, well-drained soil

Leaves

The leaves of this tree are opposite, oval or ovate, 3-6" long, dark green.

Flower Color

Pink flowers

Bloom Time

April-May

Fruit Description

This tree produces glossy, red fruit eaten by birds when ripened in the fall.