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Aurora Dogwood

Scientific Name

Cornus x 'Rutban'


Aurora is a hybrid variety created at Rutgers University by crossing the native dogwood (Cornus florida) with the Japanese or kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa).


Does best in moist well-drained soils with a pH between 5.0 and 8.0.  Likes an area with approximately 6 to 9 hours of direct sun a day.  

Growth Nature

A medium to fast growing deciduous tree. Has an upright and pyramidal shape with dense , spreading branches towards the crown.  Mature height is about 25 ft. with about a 20 ft. spread.    

Points of Interest

  • Hybridization was done to create a plant that could deal with issues caused by anthracnose throughout native populations.

  • Fruit persists throughout the winter which is consumed by over-wintering birds.  

  • Thomas Jefferson and George Washington planted dogwoods at Monticello and Mount Vernon.

  • The name “dogwood” has several possible origins.  One story is that in Europe the bark from a similar looking plant called “dogwood” was used to cure the mange. Another explanation is that colonist considered it a scrub tree and dubbed it “dog tree” or “dog wood”.