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Pink Japanese Dogwood Tree

Choosing a Pink Japanese Dogwood Tree for your yard will add a lot of color and charm. This dogwood is a native of Japan and Korea. It was first discovered by the Dutch East India Company and was introduced to the west in 1875.

The pink blossoms are actually bracts that surround the true tiny flowers of the dogwood. They bloom in June and early July... much later than other dogwoods. The flowers bloom for four to six weeks. The pink flowers attract butterflies and birds to the garden. In the fall, the green leaves turn to a beautiful maroon with red highlights. Clusters of red berries feed the local wild birds and squirrels.

Landscape Ideas for the Pink "Roseabella Dogwood

A Pink Japanese Dogwood Tree is a wonderful specimen plant. You can also plant it in a border with plants such as oakleaf hydrangea or big leaf hydrangea. They also look lovely with variegated sweet iris or dwarf purple miniature bearded iris.

Place shorter plants around the base of your dogwood so it can be enjoyed equally from all angles. Be sure to plant it where it can reach its full potential. You can also use this dogwood as a foundation plant or to set off an entryway. It works well as an understory tree, seasonal accent or focal point in the garden.

The color really sets it apart from the plants surrounding it. In the winter, the bark provides visual interest. It is mottled and ornamental. If the lowest branches are removed so the trunk gets more light, it becomes even more interesting as it ages.

Planting and Care Tips

Plant your Pink JapaneseDogwood Tree in a sunny spot. Water it regularly, especially when the weather gets hot and dry. Mulch will keep the roots moist. Give the tree enough space to reach its full size for a truly spectacular specimen. The Pink Dogwood Tree can be propagated through rooted cuttings, grafting or seeds.

Transplant in spring if possible as this variety is more sensitive to changes in autumn. This variety is fairly resistant to most disease and pest problems that plague other dogwoods. Fertilize in the spring with a good floral fertilizer. If any pruning must be done, do it immediately after flowering so the next year's flowers are not affected.

Dogwood Information

  • Scientific Name: Cornus kousa 'Rosabella'

  • Best Soil: Widely adaptable

  • Light: Full sun

  • Growth Rate: Moderate

  • Foilage: Deciduous; green

  • Fall Color: Red purple

  • Bloom: Pink blossoms in the summer

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide in a broad form

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8

  • Watering: Water regularly

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