CORNUS continued
last updated 11/01/2022

Cornus x rutgersensis hybrids

This exciting hybrid series was developed at Rutgers University in the U.S.A. as a result of crossing C. florida and C. kousa by Dr. Elwin Orton.

The trees have a vigorous habit to about 6m in 20 years and are all very floriferous. They all have a central leader and tend to branch almost from the ground.

They are resistant to anthracnose and the bracts last for several weeks. Attractive autumn foliage colour is an added bonus!

In this country they perform best in a warm sunny site where the wood can fully ripen to maximise the floral display. In the right conditions, they do seem to truly combine the best of both their parents.

Cornus rutgersensis Aurora CORNUS 'Aurora'
The white bracts are large, and overlapping with rounded edges. A splendid vase-shaped small tree.
See it in our Woodland Walk.

CORNUS 'Celestial'
This one is of erect habit but with nicely spreading limbs. The rather cupped bracts have a green tinge to them when they first open, then flattening out and turning to a brilliant white.

CORNUS 'Constellation' 
As hinted at in the name, this one gives a more star like, airy effect as the bracts are distinctly separated. Upright in habit, becoming taller than it is wide, it is well suited to a smaller site where a solid tree would be overpowering.

Cornus rutgersensis Ruth Ellen CORNUS 'Ruth Ellen' 
This is often the first of the group to bloom and the lovely bracts last for ages. The white bracts mature to pink and, with its slightly laxer habit, they look rather like handkerchiefs hung out to dry.

CORNUS 'Stellar Pink' 
The beautiful creamy bracts are flushed with pink from the tips on this selection make it most attractive. Very profuse flowering every year. Strong, upright habit makes this a brilliant introduction.
See it in our Gardens.

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