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Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood*

Cornus 'Ruth Ellen'

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Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Ruth Ellen') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood flowers

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood flowers

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Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood (Cornus 'Ruth Ellen') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood in bloom

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Group/Class:  Rutgers Stellar Series

Description:

An interesting hybrid adorned with lovely near-white blooms; heavy floral display; more resistance to borers and disease than older varieties; this dogwood tends to be wider than it is tall

Ornamental Features

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood is bathed in stunning clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive yellow-tipped green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding plum purple in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent crimson berries from early to mid fall. The peeling gray bark and indian red branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Ruth Ellen Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features