Cornus ‘Rutban’, Aurora

('Aurora', Dogwood)


$425.00


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

AURORA is a hybrid dogwood (Cornus florida x Cornus kousa) that was developed by Elwin R. Orton, Jr. as part of the Stellar series of dogwoods released by Rutgers University. It is noted for its vigorous habit, large-bracted flowers, profuse bloom and resistance to anthracnose and dogwood borer. It is a small deciduous tree with a dense, upright habit. It has a uniform width from top to bottom, typically maturing to 14-18? tall and as wide. Flowers bloom in spring. The true dogwood flowers are actually tiny, yellowish green and insignificant, being compacted into button-like clusters. However, each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, petal-like, white bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 3-5? diameter, 4-petaled, white flower. Floral bracts on this cultivar are rounded and overlapping. Oval to elliptic, dark green leaves (4-6? long) turn attractive shades of purple in fall. AURORA is sterile and does not produce fruit.

Description

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade. Benefits from a 2-4? mulch which will help keep roots cool and moist in summer.

Additional information

Common Name

'Aurora', Dogwood

Botanical Name

Aurora, Cornus 'Rutban'

Container/Amount

2.5 inch caliper

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

to 15 ft.

Width

to 15 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

April

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Fall Color

Red/orange

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