Scientific Name: Cornus x rutgersensis 'Rutcan'
Common Name: Constellation dogwood
Family Name: Cornaceae
Origin: Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 5 - 7m x 4 - 5m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Attract birds, Attract butterflies, Fall interest, Small garden/space, Specimen plant, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pubescent, Ovate, Entire
Flowers: Spike, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Aborted (hybrids) or absent
Key ID Features:
Mature habit with low, tiered horizontal branching; new growth reddish; leaves ovate, most blades 5-11cm long x 3-7cm wide, lower surface slightly pubescent; 4 floral bracts, most obovate, 4-6cm long x 4-5cm wide, non- overlapping; fruit absent. Winter ID: swooping branches with dark red-purple pubescent twigs, leaf scars opposite, shelf-like (perpendicular to stem), lateral buds minute, terminal leaf buds tear drop shaped, inflorescence buds dome-shaped with many floret bud bumps, surrounded by 4 triangular pubescent bracts about 4mm long.