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CORNUS florida 'Sunset'

Image of Cornus florida 'Sunset' PP6305

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'Sunset' PP6305

Plant Common Name

Flowering Dogwood, Sunset Flowering Dogwood

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Width

    25'-35' / 7.6m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Red, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes