Scarlet Fire® Kousa Dogwood
Cornus kousa 'RUTPINK'
Mature Height: 20 to 25 ft.
Mature Spread: 15 to 20 ft.
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Large dark pink/red blooms are rare in a kousa dogwood and that's exactly what make Scarlet Fire special. The palm sized bloom bracts appear in the late spring to early summer and provide a dramatic statement during a time when most other trees are finished blooming. The blooms will first appear a lighter pink then darken to a deeper red over a period of 6-8 weeks. This two month long display ensures that the scarlet fire will make a dramatic statement and bring a long period of enjoyment to your home or garden. It's rare to find blooms like this, and it is even more rare to find beautiful qualities like this in a pest free low-maintenance tree. That's why we definitely recommend adding a Scarlet Fire Kousa to your yard.
We like this kousa as a specimen tree in a garden arrangement or in a partly sunny or shady spot near the front of a home. The dark pink blooms will speak for themselves late May to early July, but the dark green foliage and mottled bark are great company for early spring and late summer blooms. We prefer to trim our kousa up neat, removing the lower branches while they are small to expose the lower portions of the trunk. This will create a neat look and reveal the beautiful mottled bark. Without proper pruning, a kousa can get rather shrub-like, so once the tree is established we recommend taking off the lower branches with sharp clean pair of pruning shears.
|Dark pink to scarlet
|6-8 weeks in early summer
|Orange, yellow, red, purple
|Green to dark green
|Genus & Species:
|Cornus kousa 'RUTPINK'
|20 to 25 ft.
|15 to 20 ft.
|Adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter
|Full sun to partial shade
|5 to 8
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
The tree, like the other 3 or 4 I bought, look healthy and promising. They were at least as big as described, if not a bit bigger, and came in good packaging with the soil and paper still damp. I know its early, but I haven't seen any real growth or blooming start - and followed the directions of planting to a T. But they seemed happy and healthy, so I have high hopes!
Scarlet Fire arrived on time, and it was as good as it gets. It has a straight trunk, and it is well limbed. Nothing was damaged. Excellent packaging.
Now there are leaves on every limb. Couldn't be better.
The dogwood over the last 5 days is developing leaves and quickly. I also ordered the recommended fertilizer. I’m located in Florida, nursery’s here won’t carry these trees, I was told they wouldn’t grow here. I picked a spot that isn’t in direct sun all day and followed all the instruction that came with it. I’m very pleased, I bought the larger size tree knowing this would give the dogwood a head start here. In speaking with Travis , he was so helpful and knowledgeable. Can not wait till it flowers!
Just wanted to let you know that our tree is doing great. It has small leaves growing all over it. I am so excited I can't tell you. Thank you again!! When it really starts to grow I will take a picture of it and text it to you. Take care!
The tree arrived quickly and in good condition. Set it out the next day and it is putting on leaves. Can't wait to see blooms but understand that may be a year or two. So excited to have this new variety.