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Tree of the Week - 04/14/03

Flowering DogwoodFlowering Dogwood

Cornus florida--Flowering Dogwood
Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9
Height: 20 ft Spread: 20 ft Form: rounded
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches
Flowers: White, pink, red
Fruit: Red

Comments: Flowering Dogwood grows in sun or shade. The showy flowers are a bract type, much like poinsettia. The bracts may be be pink or red, but the normal color is white. The fall color depends on site and seed source but on most sun grown plants will be red to maroon. The red fruits are often eaten by birds. Trees from southern seed sources should not be grown in northern areas because they lack adequate cold hardiness. When purchasing a flowering dogwood, always ask about the tree's origin.

Cultivars:
'Cherokee Chief' - The flowers are red and the new
growth is reddish.
'Cherokee Princess' - A white-flowered dogwood that
blooms at an early age.
'Pendula' - A weeping type with white flowers.

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