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Cultural Details for Cornus florida

Common Name:
Flowering Dogwood

Growth Rate:
Slow upon transplanting, gradually assuming medium rate.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
True flowers in April-May, greenish yellow, 0.25" across, held upright along stems. The showy parts are the 4 white bracts which are ovate and about 2" long. Flowers open before the leaves and are effective for 10-14 days.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, glossy red 0.33" to 0.5" long, ovid, 3-4 to a cluster, ripening in September-October

Fall Color:
Red-reddish purple.

Bark Details:
Young stems reddish-purple. Older wood has a grayish, alligator hide appearance.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Borer, petal and leaf spots, leaf and stem anthracnose. Diacula spp. has weaken or killed many. Many other problems attack this species.

Native Habitat:
Massachusetts to Florida, west to Ontario, Texas and Mexico Cultivated 1731. To zone 5.

Other Features:
Many cultivars available from white to red flowers, variegated leaves some white-green, yellow-green. One of our most popular dogwoods.

Culture and Care:
Acid well-drained soil, performs best in some shade. Not pollution tolerant

This plant was blooming:
4/14/2010 - 4/19/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
308, 2490, 2530, 2930, 8605, 8608, 8620

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.