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Cornus x rutgersensis ‘Aurora’

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Introduced from N. America, Cornus x rutgersensis 'Aurora' is exceptionally beautiful with masses of large, overlapping white flower bracts in mid summer that, on a mature plant, are so dense they almost obscure the leaves beneath.

The leaves are dark green and turn shades of orange, red or yellow before they fall.

A fascinating large shrub or, in time, small tree.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall) - limited availability

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Cornus x rutgersensis  ‘Aurora’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun.
Soil: Fertile, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Hardy. In the United Kingdom, Cornus x rutgerensis 'Aurora' is perfectly hardy as long as it recieves plenty of summer heat to ripen the new growth. In cold or exposed, windy areas, this plant would benefit from being planted in more shelter, preferably near a south facing wall or fence.
Flowering Period: May - June.
Flower Colour: White
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Cornus x rutgerensis 'Aurora' grows to be a large shrub or eventually small tree with a branching and sometimes slightly tiered form.
Height: 6 m (20ft).
Spread: 5 m (16 ft).

Notes: The flowering of this Cornus is somewhat dependant upon the previous years summer weather. After a long hot summer, the following years flowering will be magnificent and after a cold, wet summer the following years flowering will be poor or sporadic. This plant is a cross between Cornus florida, Cornus kousa, and Cornus nuttallii.

Plant Finder: about Cornus x rutgersensis ‘Aurora’

Common names

C. x rutgersensis ‘Rutban’


Cornus x rutgersensis ‘Aurora’ (C. x rutgersensis ‘Rutban’). 'Aurora' produces abundant clouds of large white bracts in June, which turn cream as they age. The autumn foliage turns bright red-purple. Cornus x rutgersensis ‘Aurora’ is a cross between C. kousa and C. florida made at Rutgers University in New Jersey in the 1960s. This plant is also known as C. x rutgersensis ‘Rutban’.


This cultivar is sterile, so produces no fruit. It is hardy to -29 and resistant to powdery mildew.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for its attractive white bracts surrounding the green flowers.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Cornus x rutgersensis  ‘Aurora’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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