‘Rutpink’ Scarlet Fire® dogwood tree is the newest release from the celebrated Rutgers NJAES dogwood breeding program!
This is the first Cornus kousa variety released in over 45 years of breeding where Rutgers plant breeder, Dr. Tom Molnar, continued the decades of work started in the 1970s by renowned breeder and professor emeritus Dr. Elwin Orton.
Scarlet Fire® is a deep pink-to-fuchsia bracted dogwood tree, known for its deep, consistently pink bracts that contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage. This tree blooms from late May to early June, making it one of the latest-blooming dogwood tree varieties developed at Rutgers NJAES.
RareFind Nursery will be selling retail for homeowners late August to early September, but you must call in advance to be added to their waiting list.
Good Earth Nursery will be selling retail and wholesale, but quantities of ‘Rutpink’ Scarlet Fire® are limited, so make sure to call in advance if you are interested.
Pleasant Run Nursery will be filling wholesale orders for the nursery and landscape industry in August. Call your local nursery as soon as possible to be added to their waiting list.
Spring Hill Nursery sells Scarlet Fire® by mail order. They should have a large inventory in the spring.
In the News, 2017:
This tree is on fire: Meet Rutgers’ newest plant (NJ.com)
Rutgers’ New Pink Dogwood Adds Breakthrough Color to the Landscape (Rutgers Today)
Decades of Breeding Results in Scarlet Fire, the Newest Rutgers Dogwood Tree (SEBS & NJAES Newsroom)
Rutgers researchers unleash “Scarlet Fire” dogwood; VIDEO: Native dogwoods under attack (NorthJersey.com)
For more information about where to buy Rutgers dogwoods: Rutgers Licensing and Technology: Agricultural Products