SelecTree: Tree Detail
Cornus florida 'Rubra'
Photo Locations: W. Gordon Belser Arboretum - Columbia, SC, National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and San Diego, CA
Needs ample water. Has large pink bracts.
Has fragrant Flower.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 40 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Light Green, Red, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink or Rose. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Blocky.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 16.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 9.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Clay or Loam Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus florida 'Rubra' Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
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