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The vibrant pink, four petaled flower of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood against a human hand with the dark green leaves in the background
A closeup of the deep pink, four petaled flower of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood surrounded by the dark green leaves
Multiple bright pink flowers of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood clustered together on the tree
Multiple bright pink flowers of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood clustered together on the tree
A Scarlet Fire Dogwood planted in the landscape covered in the pink flowers that are resting on the dark green leaves
Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood pink flowers on branches
A cluster of Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood leaves on a white background
A cluster of Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood deep pink flowers on a white background
The vibrant pink, four petaled flower of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood against a human hand with the dark green leaves in the background
A closeup of the deep pink, four petaled flower of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood surrounded by the dark green leaves
Multiple bright pink flowers of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood clustered together on the tree
Multiple bright pink flowers of the Scarlet Fire Dogwood clustered together on the tree
A Scarlet Fire Dogwood planted in the landscape covered in the pink flowers that are resting on the dark green leaves
Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood pink flowers on branches
A cluster of Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood leaves on a white background
A cluster of Scarlet Fire Rutgers Japanese Dogwood deep pink flowers on a white background

VIBRANT PINK BLOOMS ENRICH YOUR LANDSCAPE IN LATE SPRING

FEATURES:

  • Branches burst with deep pink flowers in late spring, even from a young age
  • The dark green leaves transition to shades of burgundy-red in fall
  • Edible, red, strawberry-like berries appear in late summer
  • A wonderful flowering tree for a late spring to early summer pop of color
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus kousa 'Rutpink' PP28,311

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VIBRANT PINK BLOOMS ENRICH YOUR LANDSCAPE IN LATE SPRING

FEATURES:

  • Branches burst with deep pink flowers in late spring, even from a young age
  • The dark green leaves transition to shades of burgundy-red in fall
  • Edible, red, strawberry-like berries appear in late summer
  • A wonderful flowering tree for a late spring to early summer pop of color
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Why plant Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood?

Revolutionary! Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood is a breakthrough in Dogwood breeding. Whereas other pink Japanese Dogwoods offer up blooms that are a soft pastel pink, Scarlet Fire® produces flowers that are vivid, vivacious, deep fuchsia-pink color. They'll light up your landscape in late spring and early summer. In autumn, burgundy-red foliage takes the stage. Scarlet Fire® is a lush, dense grower and makes a fine component in a mixed hedge, which can give you both beauty and privacy. It also shines as a stand-alone specimen. Where you want a dazzling pop of pink, it will do the job!

Our native Flowering Dogwood is under attack. A deadly disease called anthracnose has threatened many of these magnificent trees. As a result, plant breeders have turned to other, more disease-resistant types of Dogwoods to supply similar ornamental characteristics. New Jersey's Rutgers University has been at the forefront of such research. Relying heavily on the Japanese Kousa Dogwood in his work, Rutgers' Dr. Elwin Orton famously embarked upon a long and fruitful career in Dogwood breeding decades ago. When he retired in 2008, he passed the baton to a new professor, Dr. Thomas Molnar. Dr. Molnar selected Scarlet Fire® and introduced it in 2015.

How to use Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood in the landscape?

Did we forget to mention yet another colorful ornamental feature of this amazing tree? Scarlet Fire® also gets strawberry-like, crimson-red fruits in late summer. The pulp inside is edible (though seedy) and tastes like papaya!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-8

How To Plant Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood

Plant Scarlet Fire® Kousa Dogwood in an area of your yard that receives full sun or light shade. It's not too fussy about soils, but prefers an acid soil and needs good drainage. Unlike many Flowering Dogwood trees, the Japanese Kousa is highly resistant to disease -- most importantly, the dreaded anthracnose that has threatened so many of our native Dogwoods -- so you can rest easy with the Scarlet Fire®.

How To Water

Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Pruning, if needed, is best done after the flowers are spent.

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Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

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