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Constellation Dogwood Tree

Cornus x rutgersensis 'Rutcan'

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Constellation Dogwood Tree

Cornus x rutgersensis 'Rutcan'

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Special Features
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Attractive Bark
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Fall Color

Botanical Name

Cornus x rutgersensis 'Rutcan'

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

The Constellation® Flowering Dogwood is a vigorous deciduous tree growing to 20 feet tall, with a narrower and more upright profile than other dogwood trees. It begins to bloom in the middle of May, when the leaves are already out, but blooming is so prolific the leaves are mostly hidden by the large flowers. These are white, 5 inches across, with 4 petals making a star. Fruit is not produced, and in fall this tree turns stunning shades of deep red and purple. Plant this tree as a lawn specimen, at the edge of woodlands, or at the back of shrub borders.

  • Beautiful upright tree to 20 feet tall
  • Prolific blooming of large, star-shaped white flowers
  • Dramatic fall colors of purples and deep reds
  • Highly resistant to dogwood diseases
  • Vigorous and reliable hybrid variety

The Constellation Flowering Dogwood grows in zones 6 to 8, and in warmer, sheltered spots in zone 5. It needs rich, moist and well-drained soil, that is acidic or neutral. Regular mulches with organic material, and deep summer watering, helps this tree do exceptionally well. It is a hybrid plant created specifically to be resistant to the lethal anthracnose disease of dogwoods, so it is a great replacement if you have lost trees to that disease. It is also resistant to unsightly powdery mildew, it rarely suffers from any other pests or diseases, and deer leave it alone.

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