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Flowering Dogwood

Botanical Name
Cornus florida
Hardiness
Zones 5 to 9
Height
Up to 30'
Width
Equal or greater than height
Flowers
Mid May: yellowish-green flower surrounded by four bracts of white, red, or pink
Fruit
Bright, shiny red, oblong
Fall Color
Red to reddish-purple
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Cool, moist, well-drained, acidic with plenty of organic matter
Planting & Care
  • Transplant balled and burlap while tree is still small
  • Flowering dogwood does not tolerate heat, drought, pollution or salt
Problems
Borers, anthracnose, powdery mildew, canker, crown rot. Flower buds are often killed or injured by cold temperatures of Zone 5.
Varieties
  • Cherokee Brave - pink bracts, 15'
  • Cherokee Princess - large white bracts, heavy bloomer, reliable
  • Cherokee Sunset - red bracts, variegated foliage with pink to yellow margins, good anthracnose resistance, 25'

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