Last summer I planted my first dogwood tree. Choosing it was quite the challenge since I wanted the native Cornus florida but was very aware of the anthracnose problems it could attract. I did not want the straight kousa, although there is a mature tree down the street that has not yet flowered but when it does hold on to your hat ! flowers galore, top to bottom. The native lover in me finally ( and begrudgingly) decided to compromise (with myself) and chose Cornus Rutgan "Stellar Pink" a hybrid between the native and the Chinese dogwoods.
Here she is one year later. Her form is pretty good and the leaves presently have a pale yellow edge that should eventually turn green. I think I am still taller than Pink at 5' 6".
While certainly not covered in blooms, Pink was stellar in giving me two tiny blossoms. A feat I consider 'well done' after the cold long winter we just had. I was worried for a while in spring as she never dropped her leaves in fall and held on to them the entire winter. In April I could not take seeing her all brown and shriveled and hand picked off all the leaves. No harm done.
I hope that her blossoms will eventually become pink. Mind you the top photo is pretty true to colour and the yellow blossom with pink tinges is quite attractive. I am already looking forward to next spring!