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Scarlet Fire Dogwood

The darkest pink you've ever seen

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  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Height/Habit: 25 feet
  • Zone: 5-9
  • Flowering Date: Late spring to early summer
65948-Scarlet Fire Dogwood

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Scarlet Fire Dogwood

A new introduction from Rutgers, Scarlet Fire combines unique color and a long flowering season with disease and pest resistance as well as cold and heat tolerance. Its 5" dark pink and fuchsia flowers last for 6-8 weeks and stand up well in sunny, warm weather. New leaf growth is tinged with purple, and its dark green leaves turn red in the fall. Developed by Dr. Tom Molnar, Scarlet Fire Dogwood is a floriferous and moderately vigorous tree. In the summer, it develops 1" pink-red fruits that add interest and color. It flowers heavily at 2-4 years and grows to 10' in 8 years. It's a good choice for woodland gardens as well as for screening or privacy. 2-3' bareroot. Cornus kousa 'Scarlet Fire'

Tree •Z5-8 •H25'xW20' •Early Summer •Sun-Part Shade

Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameCornus kousa 'Scarlet Fire'
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun, Partial Shade
  • State RestrictionsAE AK FL GU HI PR
  • Spread20 feet
  • Spacing20 feet
  • Hardiness Zone5-9
  • Flowering DateLate spring to early summer
  • Planting InstructionsDig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly
  • Winter CareA winter mulch is advantageous the first winter if fall planted
  • Flower Color:pink
  • Flower FormFlower bracts that are pointed at the tips with 4 petals.
  • Foliage TypeGlossy green pinnate leaves turn red in fall
  • Soil RequirementPrefers an acid, humus enriched soil that is well drained
  • Unique CharactersticsRutgers: Rutgers is introducing our first Cornus kousa in 45 years of breeding. This new cultivar, 'Rutpink', is tradenamed Scarlet Fire™ dogwood, and is our darkest, most-consistently pink-bracted selection, with deep pink to fuchsia coloration at its peak.This new cultivar is the product of a long standing program of hybridization and selection of big-bracted dogwoods, in this instance the result of an open-pollination event of an unnamed pink-bracted Cornus kousa breeding selection held in the Rutgers University germplasm collection. We have used molecular tools to identify the male parent and will publish that work.The dramatic bracts glow pink from a distance unlike any other dogwood we have seen. Floriferous and precocious, the original tree flowered heavy at only 4 years old and budded plants can set many floral buds only after two growing seasons!The medium-to-large-size bracts are generally non-overlapping and pointed giving them a very distinct shape that along with their striking color sets this plant apart from other Kousa dogwoods in the landscape. Developing bracts size up early and can be purple in color, with more pointed shape vs. the more rounded mature bracts. Leaves are an attractive dark green with purple tinges in new growth, especially on young plants. The moderately vigorous tree is well branched and grows 3+ feet in first year and to 8 feet high in years 8-10.
  • Shipped2-3' BAREROOT
  • Height/Habit25 feet
  • Growth RateSlow to moderate
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