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Red Pygmy® Rutnut Dogwood
The Only Things Not Small are the Blooms!
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Red Pygmy® Rutnut Dogwood

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 49551
$64.95
Buy 3+ at $58.95 ea

The First Truly Dwarf Red Dogwood

This sport of C. florida stays under 3 feet for the first 5 years
Plant Patent: 15,219. Cultivar name: 'Rutnut'

The first truly dwarf red-flowered Dogwood, this ruddy darling stays under 3 feet for about 5 years and tops out at just about 7 feet. Compact enough to fit in places where other varieties would run amok, like a tight border or even a patio garden, it is the perfect accent for those smaller spaces where full-sized trees cannot grow.

Despite its short stature, Red Pygmy still produces normal-sized C. florida blooms that are 3 inches across (or more)! These lovely red cross-shaped blooms (actually bracts) are a pink-to-red color tipped in white. The extremely floriferous, dense heads of floral bracts create quite a spectacle on the dwarf foliage. These blooms appear around late May and hold on for 3 weeks or more!

This blushing darling will warm up any landscape with its rosy pink blooms in late spring and burnished red-orange leaves in fall. Let it grace your border, driveway, or path, and it will reward you with years of carmine colors! It even produces a bright red ornamental fruit in the fall.

Red Pygmy can be grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils and will benefit from a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch, which helps keep the roots cool and moist in summer.

This plant exhibits great cold hardiness in field tests in zone 6. Zones 5 to 9. Give it full sun in the North and part-shade in the South.

Genus Cornus
Species florida
Variety 'Rutnut'
PPAF 15,219
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Season Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 7 ft
Plant Width 7 ft
Bloom Size 3 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Flower, Free Bloomer, Seedless/Sterile
Bloom Color Dark Pink, Red, Rose, White
Foliage Color Medium Green, Orange, Rose
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Ornamental, Specimen
Restrictions Florida, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands