Scarlet Fire® Dogwood

Rutgers Dogwoods

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In the 1970s, Dr. Elwin Orton crossbred American dogwood trees with heartier, disease-resistant Asian species, paving the way for Rutgers hybrid dogwoods. For the last 30 years, these varieties have earned a reputation for improved performance as landscapers and gardeners now recognize Rutgers dogwoods to be highly resistant to the dogwood borer, while displaying significantly improved resistance to powdery mildew and dogwood anthracnose. Continuing the breeding research program, now in its 3rd decade, Rutgers' Dr. Thomas Molnar has developed new and exciting unique varieties.