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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

Bareroot
Item # 34039
$34.95
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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'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring - Mid Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 15 ft - 30 ft
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Berries, Bird Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Pink, Light Red, Rose
Foliage Color Blue Green, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Restrictions Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.

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