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.
|Bloom Color:||Dark pink to scarlet|
|Bloom Period:||6-8 weeks in early summer|
|Fall Color:||Orange, yellow, red, purple|
|Foliage Color:||Green to dark green|
|Genus & Species:||Cornus kousa 'RUTPINK'|
|Mature Height:||20 to 25 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||15 to 20 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to partial shade|
|Zone:||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.
Received a very healthy Scarlet Fire Kousa with beautiful form, close to 4 ft tall with roots. It had just broken dormancy when I received it April 30th. Was shipped bare root with moist wood shavings in plastic bag. Very good job. I planted it the same day after soaking it for an hour or so. It’s been 6 weeks now and the tree is doing wonderful. We’ve had a rough spring here in central SC with little rain and high temperatures. A few 100+ days included. The tree is handling it well. Has some significant leaf curl but that’s common in young dogwoods especially in full sun. And I mean full sun lol, like Dawn to Dusk. But the leaves all look healthy with no sign of scorching. And it’s been putting out new leaves regularly. I water it every other day unless it’s a really hot spell then every day. No blooms this year but wasn’t expecting it anyway. Scarlet fire is known to be a juvenile bloomer so hopefully next year will see some bracts. Best advice I can give is not to plant bare roots trees too deep. They can suffocate and take years to show it. Plant it just above where you see the top most root flare out. Better to shallow than to deep imo. Seems to be a very hardy cultivar. I expect to see these all over the place in coming decades as they get more popular.
Scarlet Fire® Kousa Dogwood
My dogwood was packaged well, and arrived damage free. The size of the tree was as advertised. Looking forward to planting and watching it grow!
I saw this tree in a catalogue and searched on the internet to check prices and stumbled across New Blooms Nursery, local to me in Louisville, Ky. I ordered online and scheduled a pick-up time because of the pandemic. Travis was right on time and had a beautifully shaped tree for me that was just starting to leaf out. Neither he nor I thought it would have any flowers but I was happy with the tree and planted it the same day. It has settled in wonderfully and Surprise! Surprise! it is covered with lovely fairly dark pink bracts. You really can't tell about flowers until it has really leafed out. I LOVE the tree and it will be a beauty as it grows in size. I was very happy with my whole experience with New Blooms and highly recommend them. Hope they do well.