Heart Throb Cornus Chinese Dogwood Tree
Blooms Last Twice as Long!
Late spring brings the first blooms (actually the showy part is the bracts) to this well-branched, slow-growing little tree. Most dogwoods bloom for several weeks, but the rosy-pink bracts on 'Heart Throb' persist for up to 2 months -- more than twice as long as most others! And they are so beautiful that you will appreciate every bonus day!
As the blooms begin to pass, you can appreciate the somewhat large, pointed blue-green foliage, very lush and fresh. Enjoy it all summer, because in autumn it will turn a vibrant shade of crimson-red and remain that way for weeks before dropping!
The blooms are also followed by masses and masses of berries, small and round, that begin green and then quickly turn pink in early fall. They persist all season, to the joy of neighborhood songbirds. After the leaves fall for winter, you will still see the final berries -- until the birds see them too, that is, and polish them off!
Even in winter, 'Heart Throb' contributes beauty to the garden -- this time in the form of grayish-brown fissured, peeling bark. Many plants are called "multi-season," but this Chinese Dogwood really exemplifies what that means!
Like most dogwoods, 'Heart Throb' absolutely must have acidic soil to thrive. It will tell you if the soil is too limey -- the foliage will begin to yellow. But don't let it get to that point; keep the soil well-drained, rich, and quite acidic. This is a slow grower, and you want it to reach its full, magnificent potential.
'Heart Throb' is ideal for coastal locations, holding up well in salt spray. It also tolerates plenty of heat and humidity. Expect it to reach about 15 feet high after a decade's growth, and eventually to top out at no more than 30 feet high and wide -- potentially somewhat smaller. It forms a nice canopy when mature, spreading wider than it is tall.
This Chinese Dogwood received the 2002 Cary Award for its superb performance in New England (above zone 5) garden conditions, so plant it fearlessly in northern regions. Of course, it also loves the long summers and mild winters of the south and midwest. We highly recommend this tree for specimen use as well as in the border, and are honored to make it available this season. Zones 4-9.
|Zone||4 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Spring - Mid Summer|
|PlantHeight||15 ft - 30 ft|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Award Winner, Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Free Bloomer|
|BloomColor||Dark Pink, Light Red, Rose|
|FoliageColor||Blue Green, Red|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands|