Rutgers Stellar Pink® Dogwood

Invention Summary:

Stellar Pink® is a distinct variety of dogwood tree that it is the result of crossing two varieties (Cornus kousa and Cornus florida). Its abundant blush pink flowers almost completely cover the tree in an overlapping manner. Leaf colors range from a glossy dark green in the summer months to extensive yellow, green, and red coloring during the fall months. Growth is very vigorous with dense and upright branches. An average height of 23 feet and an average width of 18 feet have been achieved at 20 years of age. Branches more uniformly full in width than are trees of Kousa dogwood. Stellar Pink® has exhibited superior winter hardiness in USDA Plant Hardiness Map Zone 6a (-5° to -10° F). High resistance to the diseases powdery mildew and anthracnose has also been shown.

Market Applications:

Home, garden, landscape, specimen trees, industrial landscape, parks, three-season interest: Spring (floral bracts); Summer (leaves, shape, shade); Fall (foliage color) and fruit.


Stellar Pink® has a unique combination of characteristics:

  • Abundant blush pink flowers (bracts)
  • Extremely healthy and a vigorous grower
  • High disease resistance
  • Superior winter hardiness

Intellectual Property & Development Status:

Available for Trademark License

Rutgers ID: 1986-0928-2
Plants, Berries, Fruit
Leon Segal
Director, Licensing - ORC
(848) 932-4464
Elwin Orton
Frederick Reynolds
David Gant
Constance Gant
Dogwood trees