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Choosing A Dogwood Tree
Dogwoods come in many different varieties and colors. There are many varieties of the White bract dogwoods and they include the Barton, Cherokee Daybreak, Cherokee Princess, Cloud 9, Bay Beauty, Weaver’s White, Plena, Wetch’s Bay Beauty and Welchii.

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ent look try the Pink/Red bracts which include Cherokee Chief, Cherokee Sunset, American Beauty Red, Junior Miss and Stokes Pink.
There are three major types of dogwoods including Spring Flowering (Cornus florida), Cornus kousa, and the Rutgers hybrid dogwoods. 
            One of the most spectacular flower display are the Spring Flowering DogwoodCornus florida is known for its brilliant show of white or pink flowers in the early spring before their leaves emerge. This dogwood species is also valued for its layered branching habit, interesting red fruit, and nice fall color. The big downside, this species of dogwood is susceptible to a disease called Anthracnose. Anthracnose is less a problem in a healthy tree and you can have your trees treated for the disease, but if you are not someone who likes to take any chances, you might steer clear of this tree.
The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) is flowers later in spring and summer The flowers range from a creamy white to some newer pink varieties of Cornus kousa. The good news, all varieties of Chinese Dogwood are resistant to Anthracnose and have great fall color, fruit and interesting bark as the plants age.
Finally, there is a third major group of dogwoods known as the Rutgers hybrids. Scientists at Rutgers University began hybridizing the Spring Flowering Dogwoods with the Chinese Dogwood to create a plant resistant to Anthracnose. Now there are several newer varieties of dogwoods that have many of the good traits of each type of tree. 
Dogwood Selection Chart
Dogwood Botanical Name
Flower Color
Flower Time
Fruit
Habit
Size/Rate
Fall Color
Other
Spring Flowering Types
Cornus florida
White
Early Spring
small shiny red
Layered
25'/medium
nice purple
Susceptible to disease
Cornus florida 'Rubra'
Pink
Early Spring
small shiny red
Layered
25'/medium
nice purple
Susceptible to disease
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Brave'
Deep Pink
Early Spring
small shiny red
Layered
25'/medium
nice purple
Susceptible to disease
Rutgers Hybrids
Cornus x 'Stellar Pink'
Soft Pink
Mid Spring
no fruit
 Semi-layered
25'/medium
Resistant to disease
Cornus x 'Celestial'
White
Mid Spring
no fruit
 Semi-layered
25'/medium
Resistant to disease
Cornus x 'Constellation'
White
Mid Spring
no fruit
 Semi-layered
25'/medium
Resistant to disease
Cornus x 'Ruth Ellen'
White
Mid Spring
no fruit
 Semi-layered
25'/medium
Resistant to disease
Chinese Dogwood Types
Cornus kousa
Creamy White
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Vase shaped
25'/medium
dark purple
Resistant to disease
Cornus kousa 'Satomi'
Pink
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Vase shaped
25'/medium
dark purple
Resistant to disease
Cornus kousa 'Hearthrob'
Pink
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Vase shaped
25'/medium
dark purple
Resistant to disease
Unusual Types
Conus florida 'Pendula'
White
Early Spring
small red in fall
Weeping/Small
varies/slow
nice purple
Susceptible to disease
Cornus kousa 'Pendula'
Creamy White
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Weeping/Small
varies/slow
dark purple
Resistant to disease
Cornus kousa 'Lustgarten Weeping'
Creamy White
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Weeping/Small
varies/slow
dark purple
Resistant to disease
Cornus kousa 'Gold Star'
Creamy White
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Weeping/Small
varies/slow
dark purple
Green & Yellow foliage
Cornus kousa 'Wolf Eyes'
Creamy White
Late Spring
medium raspberry
Vase shaped
25'/medium
dark purple
Cream & Green foliage
Conus controversa 'Variegata'
not special
spring
reddish
Layered
slow
Green & white foliage
 
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