Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

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.

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 Shade, 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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