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Dogwood lovers have embraced Dr. Orton's hybrid varieties as being unique, both with flowering and form, which are significantly improved compared to the native American dogwood. Rutgers hybrid dogwood 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 exciting and unique varieties.