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Heart Throb Cornus Chinese Dogwood Tree
Hardy through zone 4, it won the Cary Award for excellence in New England gardens.

Heart Throb Cornus Chinese Dogwood Tree

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Blooms Last Twice as Long!

Deep rosy blooms, pink berries, fall foliage, and peeling bark.
Has a tree ever been more appropriately named than 'Heart Throb'? This charming Chinese Dogwood offers year-round beauty, as all dogwoods do, but everything about its appearance is just one degree more beautiful than most others. The blooms are a richer shade of rosy-pink, the fall color more intense, the berries far more profuse -- well, you get the idea!

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.

Genus Cornus
Species kousa
Variety 'Heart Throb'
ItemForm Bareroot
Zone 4 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Mid Summer
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 15 ft - 30 ft
PlantWidth 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
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
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
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