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58.Celestial™ Dogwood

Cornus kousa x C. florida ‘Rutdan’, Celestial™


Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
5 – 8
20 – 30
Vigorous and erect, uniform width
Best in sun or partial shade
Well-drained, moderately fertile soil preferable
Inconspicuous flowers surrounded by bracts; bracts, white with a tinge of green, form a small cup early in the season and mature into flattened, pure white flowers in a few days


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
Pure white bracts
Significant Features:

Non serious


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