DOGWOOD (Cornus spp.)

Evergreen: No
Size: Small, Medium
Bloom Period: Spring
Bloom Color: Pink, White
Exposure: Part Shade, Shade
Category: Trees

Landscape Uses:
Plant as an ornamental tree in the shade in well prepared well drained soil. Plant as an accent in an oriental garden.

Plant Description: Dogwood is a beautiful deciduous tree that flowers before the leaves emerge in the spring.  The small clusters of yellow flowers sit in the middle of four large bracts.  The bracts vary in colors of pink and white. The dark green leaves fade to red and purple  in the fall.  Dogwoods normally have short trunks with wide crowns reaching heights of thirty feet with an equal or larger width.


Cornus florida has pink or white bracts.

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Chief’ has dark pink bracts.

Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ has white bracts.

Cornus florida ‘Cloud Nine’ has large white bracts.

Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’ has rosy-pink bracts and only grows twenty feet tall.  

Cornus drummondiior Roughleaf Dogwood has small clusters of white flowers that bloom during the summer and reach a mature size of fifteen feet tall and wide.

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