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  • Lisianthus 'Cinderella Pink'

    Posted by Patti Tucker

Has a tree ever been more appropriately named than charming 'Heart Throb'? This delightful Chinese Dogwood offers year-round beauty, as all dogwoods do, but everything about its appearance is just one degree more beautiful than most others. The blooms are a richer shade of rosy-pink, the fall color more intense, the berries far more profuse -- well, you get the idea!Late spring brings the first blooms (actually the showy part is the bracts) to this well-branched, slow-growing little tree. Most dogwoods bloom for several weeks, but the rosy-pink bracts on 'Heart Throb' persist for up to 2 months -- more than twice as long as most others! And they are so beautiful that you will appreciate every bonus day!As the blooms begin to pass, you can appreciate the somewhat large, pointed blue-green foliage, very lush and fresh. Enjoy it all summer, because in autumn it will turn a vibrant shade of crimson-red and remain that way for weeks before dropping!The blooms are also followed by masses and masses of berries, small and round, that begin green and then quickly turn pink in early fall. They persist all season, to the joy of neighborhood songbirds. After the leaves fall for winter, you will still see the final berries -- until the birds see them too, that is, and polish them off!Even in winter, 'Heart Throb' contributes beauty to the garden -- this time in the form of grayish-brown fissured, peeling bark. Many plants are called "multi-season," but this Chinese Dogwood really exemplifies what that means!Like most dogwoods, 'Heart Throb' absolutely must have acidic soil to thrive. It will tell you if the soil is too limey -- the foliage will begin to yellow. But don't let it get to that point; keep the soil well-drained, rich, and quite acidic. This is a slow grower, and you want it to reach its full, magnificent potential.'Heart Throb' is ideal for coastal locations, holding up well in salt spray. It also tolerates plenty of heat and humidity. Expect it to reach about 15 fee
Variety description courtesy of Wayside Gardens

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    How tall will this variety grow?

    Posted by Gregory on 06/15/2017

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    My local nursery supposedly planted a Heart Throb for me in early spring. However, it bloomed with white flowers,not pink! I've waited for over 4 weeks to see if they would deepen into pink. It hasn't...so am I correct in assuming they messed up and didn't plant a Heart Throb?!

    Posted by karin claire on 06/07/2017

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    • Yeah, it sounds like you got a different dogwood. Sorry to hear that. But it's not all bad, dogwoods themselves sure are wonderful :)

      Posted by Luke on 06/08/2017

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    My tree is now blooming white bracts Aug 29. It blomed pink in spring. Crazy ! Why

    Posted by Sallygould on 08/29/2016

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    A landscape company planted two dogwood trees "Heartthrob" last Fall. In the Spring they leafed out and blossomed. However, instead of rich pink flowers the flowers are white/pink with pink dots. Is this a problem? If so, what can I do to ensure pink flowers next year?

    Posted by Diana Sacks on 06/08/2015

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    Is this a hardy variety of dogwood? I'm wondering about it's disease and pest resistance in the Northwest United States - Seattle, Washington to be precise.

    Posted by Ginnie Hance on 07/09/2014

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    We planted Chinese heartthrob dogwood tree from local nursery in May this year on northeast corner of our yard. We live in northern suburb of Chicago. About 4 weeks later leaves got dis colored and finally fell off. What is the problem and what should be done?

    Posted by BKS on 08/25/2013

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    • Tough to say BKS. Can you upload a photo of the plant?
      Also, did the vegetative growth stop too or just the flowers? The transplanting probably shocked the plant in some way, but it's tough to tell without seeing it.

      Posted by Brian on 08/26/2013

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    Who has this tree in stock?

    Posted by Jj Sambi on 06/03/2013

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    • It looks like these guys do:

      http://www.jfschmidt.com/dogwoods/

      Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2013

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