CORNUS florida 'Sunset' PP6305
Plant Common Name
Flowering Dogwood, Sunset Flowering Dogwood
This dogwood, ‘Sunset,’ is a flowering deciduous tree with graceful, spreading branches, prized for its combination of variegated leaves and purplish-red bloom. Like all dogwoods, its true flowers are tiny, green, and clustered at the center of four far larger bracts (petal-like leaves) that produce the spring show of bloom. It is a selection of flowering dogwood, a native of eastern North America, and a sport (a mutation) of another selection, ‘Cherokee Chief.’ The leaves emerge tipped with pinkish-red, mature to olive green with yellow margins, and turn pink, red and purple in autumn. The flowers are followed by bright red late-summer fruits. Loved by birds, the fruits soon disappear in winter.
Flowering dogwood is an understory species, adapted to the company of taller trees and at home in partial sun to partial shade on well-drained soil rich in organic matter. A site with good air circulation will help stave off the powdery mildew that plagues flowering dogwoods. This is a beautiful tree in a shady mixed border, foundation planting, or woodland.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 3
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m
25'-35' / 7.6m - 10.7m
Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Canada