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Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

Also known as

Arrowwood, American-Boxwood, Dogwood, White Dogwood, Eastern Flowering Dogwood Red-Form, New England boxwood, Pink dogwood

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

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Flowering Dogwood Overview

Cornus florida is a deciduous tree or shrub species in the Cornaceae family. It develops a broad but conical shape with age. In late spring and early summer, it produces clusters of discrete green flowers that are surrounded by showy white bracts, giving a stunning display. Its commonly known by the name Eastern Flowering Dogwood and it grows well in full sun or partial shade. This species is considered to be the same plant genetically as Cornus florida f. rubra. It is more commonly marketed as a separate plant due to the distinct difference in bract colour. This plant produces white modified leaf structures around its small flowers, compared to the red-pink bracts seen in Cornus florida f. rubra. It displays attractive autumn colouration and is commonly grown for the stems as well as the flowers.

Common problems with Flowering Dogwood

Although generally disease-free they can suffer from Cornus anthracnose.

    How to propagate Flowering Dogwood


    Take softwood cuttings in summer.


    Propagate from seed or rooted layers struck in a moist sand-peat mixture.


    Special features of Flowering Dogwood

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Attractive fruits

    Small red fruits can develop in autumn.

    Autumn colour

    Leaves turn a purple red colour in autumn before falling.

    Attractive flowers

    Although the green flowers are small, the 4 large coloured bracts surrounding them provide a lovely display.

    Hedge plant

    Winter colour

    Other uses of Flowering Dogwood

    This ornamental, low maintenance and shade-tolerant tree can be used as ground cover on banks and slopes.

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