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Cornus florida /Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida  / Cornus florida
Specimen lawn tree
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Specimen lawn tree

Beautiful lawn tree in full bloom in early spring

Typtical street scene in early spring in Columbia, SC

Large, mature dogwood trees

Close-up of spray of flowers (bracts)

Excellent autumn color on healthy trees

Spring flowers blooming at about the same time as southern azaleas

Close-up of autumn color

Healthy, multiple trunked tree in summer growth

Actual flower is the yellow-green center with four bracts (modified leaves) surrounding the center flower

Lawn tree in full autumn color

Heavy canopy full of early spring flowers

Autumn color always present on a healthy specimen

Beautiful lawn specimen showing the strong horizontal branching pattern

Autumn color with prominent spring flower buds

In Michigan red foliage in autumn and silvery-gray flower buds

A huge draping spray of spring flowers

Dogwoods normally grow well where pines grow and are excellent understory trees to pines

Street tree

Clusters of red berries can be a special feature in the fall

In Northeast Louisiana in late November

A clump of lawn trees

An understory specimen to pine in autumn color

A typical branch of foliage and fruit in autumn where trees grow well

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Scientific Name: Cornus florida
Common Name: Flowering Dogwood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Grows best in part shade, particularly in afternoon. At the top of the list for small flowering tree with its showy white flowers, strong horizontal branching, bright red fruit and rich fall color. Leaf diseases, canker, and root rots are common to this dogwood. Question the wisdom of using this tree in places where the anthracnose disease problem is a serious threat.