Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

American-Boxwood, Arrowwood, 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 white or pink showy bracts, giving a stunning display. This plant prefers to have its roots in a shady and cool spot.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in summer.

Special features

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.

Special features

Origin

North America

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Very acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

This low maintenance tree can be used as ground cover on banks and slopes.

Personality

Family

Cornaceae

Flower colour

White, Green, Pink

Scent

None

Problems

Although generally disease free they can suffer from Cornus anthracnose.

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