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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 tree is considered both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree. It is typically planted for both its visual interest and profusion of spring 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.
  • 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.