Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources [Licensing and Technology: Agricultural Products]

Aurora®



Qualities for Aurora® include:

  • The flower heads have large flowers (bracts) that are velvety and heavily textured in appearance. The flowers are white and become creamy-white as they age.
  • Aurora® has a reputation as a heavy bloomer with a mass of flowers  to appreciate
  • This variety is more spreading in growth habit than the other white varieties
  • Plants of Aurora® are very vigorous in growth and extremely hardy  
  • The period of flowering in the spring is quite similar to that of Celestial® and Stellar Pink®, and starts a few days after flowering periods for Ruth Ellen®, Stardust® and Constellation® begin and five to seven days after the completion of the flowering for most American dogwoods
  • At the peak of the bloom period the flowers  are so dense that very little of the foliage on the tree shows through 
  • Trees of Aurora®  that are  twenty years of age are about twenty to twenty five feet tall and twenty feet wide
  •  Aurora®has good resistance to the diseases powdery mildew and anthracnose 
  • Has displayed a high level of  winter hardiness – USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6
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