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Cornus x ‘Rutban’ | Aurora Dogwood

This is a neat hybrid – one of the “Rutgars” hybrids – of C. florida and C. kousa. As I am not sucha fan of kousa, mainly because I’m very much in love with florida, this might be an exceptabel substitute if needed. It doesn’t have the aligator skin of florida, but the blooms come out earlier than kousa, so you still get that great srping time effect. The leaves do start to emerge while the flowers are in bloom but, not so much as kousa. Also the blooms are more rounded like florida. Aurora is also more resistant to anthracnose, which is definitely a plus. I would reccomend it to people who aren’t as picky as I am for sure.