Arrowwood, American-Boxwood, Dogwood, Eastern Flowering Dogwood, White Dogwood
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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 showy 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.
Take softwood cuttings in summer.
Small red fruits can develop in autumn.
Leaves turn a purple red colour in autumn before falling.
Although the green flowers are small, the 4 large coloured bracts surrounding them provide a lovely display.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Sand, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Very acid, Neutral
This low maintenance tree can be used as ground cover on banks and slopes.
White, Green, Pink
Although generally disease free they can suffer from Cornus anthracnose.