Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood

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No more of the same old same old! The Scarlet Fire® Dogwood (Cornus kousa 'Rutpink') will be sure to illuminate your landscaping in the late spring and early summer! This form of the lovely Kousa Dogwood tree is a real game-changer with its unique and vibrant flower color! This offering was developed at Rutgers University for the first-ever deep pink to fuchsia colored bracts!

Most Dogwoods are a soft, pastel pink coloration, but this one profusely blooms a deep fuchsia-pink color that is to die for! Forming petal-like structures called bracts, these create a long-lasting display all spring and extends well into the summer! The small flowers in the centers attract bees and butterflies too!

The gorgeous green foliage fills out from early spring until fall, filling the branches out and casting cooling shade! In the fall you will be mesmerized by Scarlet Fire® Rutgers burgundy-red foliage that will make you completely fall in love time and time again. This Japanese Dogwood is hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9 and grows to a beautifully branched 20-25 feet in height and a slimmer 15 to 20 feet in width.

The beauty continues into the late summer with its crimson-red fruit that appears strawberry-like. They really stand out against the crimson-red to burgundy fall color of the foliage! Not only will the branches provide a feast for songbirds, but Scarlet Fire® will also be a wonderful addition to your winter décor!

Planting and Application:

Scarlet Fire® are always lovely as a front yard accent plant or a specimen highlighting your entry. Just as perfect shading your hammock as they are soaking up the shade themselves beneath larger trees along the back of your property with other perimeter trees and shrubs; without the fear that deer will eat them up.

Need an impressive pop in your landscaping, then you have come to the right place. The colors absolutely shine in mass planting, which will draw anyone and everyone to your garden. Tall enough to provide lush shade, Scarlet Fire® Dogwood trees look fantastic around patios and seating areas where they'll add soothing, cooling shade!

Be sure to plant where you can view this amazing plant year-round! Perfect for pin-point privacy to hide the view into a bedroom window while enhancing your view out! Line your drive or shade your walkways and paths with these lovely trees, or define your property line while adding some privacy that both you and your neighbors won't mind! You'll love using these glorious street trees.

All you'll be able to say is "wow" after seeing this magnificent beauty as an ornamental!

  • Captivating, Deep Fuchsia-Pink Blooms
  • Crimson-Red, Strawberry-Like Summer Fruits
  • Red Seeds for Fall Interest & Songbirds
  • Incredible Red to Burgundy Fall Color
  • Immaculate Ornamental Tree, Great Patio Tree & Understory

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant your Scarlet Fire® Dogwood in full sun to partial shade with well-drained soil to see your plant grow tall and proud. Dogwood Trees are easy to care for and cold hardy and aren't particular on soil type, but they really should be planted in moist, acidic well-drained soil. Once established, they can tolerate some drought, but to best protect your investment, provide supplemental watering. Tolerating slightly acidic soils, use appropriate organic fertilizers that help maintain this acidity and boost their health in early spring. Mulch the root system well to insulate from heat and cold, as well as hold in more moisture and water less often!

Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates. Prune if necessary in late winter or after blooming in spring to remove crossing branches and water growth, or to control the shape. No need to worry about anything harming its beauty, because this plant is incredibly disease resistant!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Needs Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Pest & Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant & Deer Tolerant

Give your landscaping the plant that will be the new game changer. You won't regret it, so order your very own Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood from Nature Hills today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a Flowering Dogwood get?

The Scarlet Fire® Dogwood is a flowering ornamental native that can grow 20-25 feet in height and a slimmer 15-20 feet in width.

Do Japanese Dogwoods like sun or shade?

The Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood tree does best in full sun and partial shade, preferring afternoon shade in warmer growing zones.

Where is the best place to plant a Flowering Dogwood?

Scarlet Fire® Japanese Dogwood Trees do best in very well-drained acidic soil in a sunny location. They prefer consistent moisture and mulched, organic beds.

Are Dogwood Trees messy?

Not at all! Dogwood trees are deciduous trees that will drop leaves and the fruit in the fall. But the leaves are easy to pick up and the fruit is carried off by birds.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cornus kousa 'Rutpink'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Photos courtesy of Rutgers