Variety: Starlight® Principal Investigator(s): Elwin Orton, David Gant, Constance Gant
Strengths & Qualities
Produces profuse, slightly greenish white flowers (bracts) – 4 to 5 inches in size
Abundant flowers will almost completely cover the tree to create a showy appearance
This dogwood variety flowers 1 week earlier than Venus®
During the fall months you will enjoy seeing attractive strawberry like fruit
Starlight® will produce a tree that is extremely healthy and vigorous
Has a reputation for good tolerance of drought conditions
Starlight® is noted for high resistance to the diseases powdery mildew and anthracnose. In fact, no insect or disease problems have been observed during the almost thirty years since the original hybrid tree was planted.
Plants of Starlight® grow vigorously and develop into an erect, uniformly wide, and densely branched tree.
Starlight® trees are 25+ feet tall and 20+ feet wide at 30 years of age
Has superior winter hardiness – USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6A
US Plant Patent No. PP16,293 issued February 28, 2006