Double and single dark pink to near red blossoms are produced in early spring on this semi-evergreen (evergreen down to about 15oF), densely branched and compact Dogwood. Little Ruby Dogwood produces deep red tinged new growth and has excellent deep red to maroon fall color that holds through much of winter. Grow this hardy and disease resistant hybrid as a medium to large shrub or train it into a small specimen tree. Little Ruby™ Dogwood is the first release in a line of new hybrid Dogwoods developed through the breeding and selection work of Dr. Tom Ranney and the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab at NCSU. It is considered to be resistant to Dogwood anthracnose as well as powdery mildew. Coming for 2017!
Little Ruby™ Dogwood is a hybrid of Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’ × Cornus hongkongensis ‘Summer Passion’. Through selection and extensive testing and by using already disease resistant (C. kousa) parents, Dr. Tom Ranney has managed to come up with a new line of Dogwoods that are not only resistant to the diseases that plague many of the existing Dogwood species and cultivars available today but are also evergreen to semi-evergreen (thanks to C. hongkongensis) with great maroon fall and winter coloration.
The large white, or , in this case pink to red, portion of the spring flowers are actually bracts, like on a Poinsettia, that subtend the small clusters of true flowers that are green to yellowish green. Dogwoods are naturally understory trees generally speaking although they can withstand full sun under optimum growing conditions. Provide a well-drained, loamy soil with average moisture during the establishment period as well supplemental water during prolonged drought. Midday and afternoon shade may be best in hot summer climates.
Images courtesy of NCSU.
Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-8'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Morning sun
Soil pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Soil Types & Moisture: Average moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils.
Salt Tolerance: Poor
Deer Resistance: Sometimes Bothered - Occasionally Severely
Native To / Cultivar Origin: US Gardens - Dr. Tom Ranney and the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab at NCSU, released in 2016 by NCNLA, marketed by Star® Roses
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Handling or rubbing against foliage of some Dogwoods may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Some reports suggest that the raw fruit may be poisonous to humans.
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Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml