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Scarlet Fire® DogwoodCornus kousa 'Rutpink'

  • Scarlet Fire Dogwood

This newly developed kousa dogwood cultivar is a real springtime standout. The Scarlet Fire dogwood burst onto the landscaping scene in 2016 with blossoms in a dark pink shade yet to be achieved by other cultivars. The vibrant color has been drawing in homeowners and landscaper alike, with the added appeal of being  low-maintenance as well as drought-tolerant.

The Scarlet Fire dogwood is a rare find indeed. Consider planting it near utility lines, next to buildings, or near patios . . . and be sure you have a good view of those spring blooms.

Hardiness Zones

The scarlet fire® dogwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering tree, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The Scarlet Fire dogwood grows to a height of 20–25' and a spread of 15–20' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Scarlet Fire dogwood grows in acidic, moist, and well-drained soils. It is also drought-tolerant.


This tree:
  • Produces unique, dark pink to fuchsia blooms that span 4" to 5" from the end of May to early June. The coloring is light pink for the first 1–2 years as the tree becomes well-established, and the best bloom color results from placement in fertile soil and full sun.
  • Features attractive, dark green leaves with purple tinges in new growth, especially on young plant.
  • Yields rounded fruit up to 1" in diameter.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Tolerates both drought and heat.
  • Is more resistant to disease and pests than other dogwoods.


This kousa dogwood cultivar was developed in 2016 at Rutgers University. It took six years of cross-breeding for Dr. Thomas Molnar and his colleague John Capik to develop the ideal hybrid that boasts the rich fuchsia color and hardy resistance to common dogwood diseases.