Stellar Pink® Variegated Dogwood
Spectacular Fall Foliage!
An interspecific cross of C. kousa x C. florida with white-edged foliage.
Find a special place for this multi-season beauty! Variegated Stellar Pink® is an exciting new Dogwood in the revolutionary Stellar® series that can be grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils and will benefit from a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch, which helps keep the roots cool and moist in summer. Sporting rosy pink blooms and white-edged foliage that turns solid pink in autumn, it's a magnificent addition to your garden.
Variegated Stellar Pink® is a truly amazing sight to behold when in full flower. A solid mass of soft pink, it makes a perfect foil for white Dogwoods, but is magnificent that you'll be tempted to use it as a specimen instead. Not only are the flowers larger than active, but there are simply many, many more of them. And the blooms (actually bracts) overlap for an even fuller effect.
But flowers are only one of this dogwood's many merits. The foliage is remarkable as well. In spring the bright green leaves are generously edged and mottled with white, becoming creamier and pale yellow in summer but keeping their two-tone look. They don't "go solid" until autumn, when the entire leaf burnishes a handsome shade of maroon-pink!
The Stellar Dogwoods are spectacular hybrids that are floriferous and highly pest- and disease-resistant. After more than 25 years of crossing strains of C. florida and C. kousa, Dr. Elwin Orton developed a hybrid series more floriferous, pest and disease resistant, and vigorous than their North American or Chinese parents.
Highly resistant to Anthracnose and borers, the Stellar hybrids also boast nearly twice the growth rate of either parent species. And their bloom is stunning. Over a 2-week season in late spring, they produce an incredible bounty of flowers. Plant them with spring-blooming C. florida and early summer-blooming C. kousa to enjoy weeks of continual flowers.
This full, rounded tree reaches 21 feet tall and 20 feet wide. In zones 5 and 6, it can be grown in full sun, and in zones 7-9, it should be grown in part shade. Zones 5-9.