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52.Aurora® Dogwood

Cornus kousa x C. florida ‘Rutban’, Aurora®


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
5 – 8
20 – 30
equals height
Vigorous, erect and wide-spreading throughout
Best in sun or partial shade
Well-drained, moderately fertile soil preferable
true flowers are inconspicuous, surrounded by large pointed bracts 1 1/2 – 2 long; floral bracts are white and have a velvety texture
Landscape use:
Useful as specimen tree or accent in background; excellent border or hedge for large areas; attractive against large evergreens
One clone in a series of hybrids developed by Elwin Orton at Rutgers University. The hybrids resulted from crosses between C. kousa, C. florida, and C. nuttallii
None serious
Significant Features:
Very floriferous; develops exfoliating bark charactersitics with age; leaves are dark green


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Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

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Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.