Common Name: dogwood 
Type: Tree
Family: Cornaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 22.00 feet
Spread: 12.00 to 18.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade. Benefits from a 2-4” mulch which will help keep roots cool and moist in summer.

This is a sterile cultivar.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Cornus is a genus of about 45 species of mainly deciduous shrubs and small trees.

Genus name comes from the Latin word cornu meaning horn in probable reference to the strength and density of the wood. Cornus is also the Latin name for cornelian cherry.

CONSTELLATION is a hybrid dogwood (Cornus florida x Cornus kousa) that was developed by Elwin R. Orton, Jr. as part of the Stellar series of dogwoods released by Rutgers University. It is noted for its vigorous habit, profuse bloom and resistance to anthracnose and dogwood borer. It is a small upright deciduous tree that typically grows taller than wide, typically rising to 16-22’ tall by 14-17’ wide with a low branching habit. The true dogwood flowers are actually tiny, yellowish green and insignificant, being compacted into button-like clusters. However, each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, white, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 4-5” diameter, 4-petaled, white flower. Floral bracts on this cultivar are well spaced (not overlapping). Oval, dark green leaves (3-5” long) turn attractive shades of purple-red in fall. CONSTELLATION does not produce fruit. This hybrid cultivar is sometimes sold in commerce under the name of Cornus x rutgeriensis. U.S. Plant Patent PP7,210 was issued on April 3, 1990.


Dogwood, when stressed, is susceptible to a rather large number of disease problems the most serious of which is dogwood anthracnose. Also susceptible to leaf spot, crown canker, root rot, powdery mildew and leaf and twig blight. Stressed trees also become vulnerable to borers. Leaf miner and scale are less serious potential insect pests. Leaf scorch may occur in full sun locations, particularly in hot, windy or droughty conditions.

CONSTELLATION is noted for having good resistance to anthracnose and borers.

Garden Uses

Popular as a specimen or small grouping on residential property around homes, near patios or in lawns. Also effective in woodland gardens.