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Rainbow Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida 'Rainbow'

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Rainbow Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Rainbow') at Canadale Nurseries

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood flowers

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Rainbow') at Canadale Nurseries

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood in bloom

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Rainbow') at Canadale Nurseries

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood flowers

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

A more compact, upright type of dogwood; valued for its green and gold variegated leaves and pretty white bracts in spring, followed by red fruit in late summer and good fall color; a small tree with layered branches makes it an excellent specimen

Ornamental Features

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood features showy bracted creamy white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in mid spring. It has attractive gold-variegated dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding ruby-red in the fall. It produces red berries from early to late fall. The warty gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Rainbow Flowering Dogwood will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features