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Cultural Details for Cornus florida var. rubra 'Cherokee Sunset'

Common Name:
Cherokee Sunset Flowering Dogwood

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
30-40'

Average Mature Width:
30-40'

Flower Details:
True flowers in April-May, greenish yellow, 0.25" across, held upright along stems. The showy parts are the 4 red bracts which are ovate and about 2" long. Flowers open before the leaves and are effective for 10-14 days.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, glossy red 0.33" to 0.5" long, ovid, 3-4 to a cluster, ripening in September-October

Fall Color:
Pink through red to purple

Bark Details:
Reddish brown when young transforming to grayish brown with age developing “alligator hide" appearance

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to numerous pests when under stress, resistant to anthracnose

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Pinkish red-tipped new growth

Culture and Care:
Acid well-drained soil, performs best in some shade. Not pollution tolerant

This plant was blooming:
4/15/2005 - 5/6/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1080, 1095, 1097

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu