Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Ruth Ellen®) in the Dogwoods Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Ruth Ellen®
Cultivar name: 'Rutlan'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 15 to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fruit: Other: bears a little bit red multiple drupes
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

leaf and red fruit clusters

Photo gallery:
Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-11-03leaf and red fruit clusters
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-18maturing tree
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-18white flowers with leaves
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-18flower close-up
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-04-18trunk
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-10-18lone tree
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Location: Newtown Square, PennsylvaniaDate: 2013-10-18a red fruit cluster
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 9, 2018 3:35 PM

'Ruth Ellen' is one of six cultivars taken from the hybrid crossing of the American Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) x the Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) in what is called the "Stellar Series." They were developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey by Dr. Elwin Orton. The hybrid does have characteristics of both parents, of course. I imagine the fruit is sterile, that is like singular little drupes together in a tight cluster. The flowers bloom right after the American species blooms and appear with the leaves. The branching habit is stiff like the Kousa. It seems they were developed because the American Flowering Dogwood was declining at that time from the Discula leaf blight and canker disease. I glad to say that there still are a whole bunch of the American species doing well today. These Stellar hybrids are interesting. I've only seen the one tree in Newtown Square, PA that was selected for a homeowner by a plant enthusiast.

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