Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood pink flowers on tree
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood green leaf on white
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood potted tree on white
Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood pink flowers on tree
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood green leaf on white
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood
Stellar Pink Rutgers Dogwood potted tree on white

Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cornus kousa x florida 'Rutgan' PP7,207

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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-30' apart

This plant is not available at this time through Bower & Branch. We provide this plant profile for reference only. 

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  • Covered in blush-pink blooms in spring
  • Flowers after the Pink Flowering Dogwood and before the Japanese Dogwood
  • Garnet red leaves light up this tree in fall
  • Lovely medium-sized tree with multi-season interest
  • This Rutgers hybrid is very disease resistant
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Why the Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood?

Stellar Pink® Dogwood is a charming multi-season tree that will dress up your entryway garden, patio area, or any of the beds around your home that could use a little sparkle. This dependable hybrid Dogwood tree will delight you with an abundance of starry pink flowers in late spring. In summer, the disease-resistant foliage stays clean and healthy-looking, and in fall, the leaves turn garnet red, glowing in the October sunshine. Narrow in youth, this medium-sized tree fills out with age (don’t we all?). Be patient, as Stellar Pink® Dogwood does take a few years to start blooming heavily and to develop its rich pink color. It’s worth the wait!

Forty years ago America’s beloved Flowering Dogwood tree—considered by many to be America’s favorite flowering tree—was threatened by a one-two punch of a pest called Dogwood borer and a disease called Dogwood anthracnose.  In the 1970s, legendary plant breeder Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University devised a plan to improve the disease resistance of Flowering Dogwood by hybridizing it with the naturally disease-resistant Asian Kousa Dogwood.  Dr. Orton’s brilliant program has yielded a bumper crop of fantastic new hybrid Dogwood trees for the garden, including Stellar Pink® Dogwood.  It may sound a little funny to think of a tree as an “invention,” but Dr. Orton was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012 for his visionary work.

How to use in the landscape?

It is perfectly normal for your Stellar Pink® Dogwood to produce pale pink or even white flowers when it’s young. This is especially likely to occur in cool, wet springs. However, after no more than five years in the ground, your Stellar Pink® Dogwood’s blossoms will consistently display a much deeper color.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-9

    Mature Height: 25' tall

    Mature Width: 20' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 15-20' apart

    Photo Credit: ©Blue Heron Farm® Stellar Pink® Rutgers Dogwood

How To Plant

Because the Stellar Pink® Dogwood tree has such an excellent genetic makeup, several common Dogwood problems are essentially eliminated.  The risk of this hybrid tree contracting the anthracnose or borer issues that purebred Flowering Dogwoods sometimes succumb to is virtually nil.  All that is left for you to do is to make sure this tree is satisfied in its cultural requirements. Regular irrigation and freely draining soil are the biggies—Rutgers Dogwoods don’t like to dry out, but they can’t sit for too long with “wet feet.”  Full sun or light shade is best.

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

Dogwoods like fertilizer! During fall, feed your Dogwood Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Dogwoods should be pruned so that dead branches and twigs that may be diseased can be removed. Do not compost any disease branches, dispose of them appropriately in the garbage. Pruning is best done after the flowers are spent.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-9

How Does Shipping Work?

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, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) 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.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


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If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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