Cornus kousa Scarlet Fire®
Scarlet Fire Dogwood
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf, deciduous tree, to 20-25 ft tall and 15-20 ft wide (6-7.6 x 4.5-6 m), growing at 1-2 ft (30-60 cm) per year. Leaves are opposite, simple, about 10 cm long and 6 cm wide, dark green, and an ovate/elliptic shape. The "flowers" (two pairs of floral bracts) are light to dark pink and10-13 cm wide. It produces the spherical red fruit typical of the species.
- Sun to partial shade, for best performance a minimum of 4 hours of direct sun per day, grows best in acidic, moist, and well-drained soils. It is also drought-tolerant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Developed at Rutgers University, US Plant Patent 28,311 August 22, 2017