Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow upon transplanting, gradually assuming medium rate.
Mature Height - 20-40'
Mature Width - 20-40'
Longevity - 100-200 years

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - 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 - Drupe, glossy red 0.33" to 0.5" long, ovid, 3-4 to a cluster, ripening in September-October
Leaf -
Fall Color - Red-reddish purple.
Bark - Young stems reddish-purple. Older wood has a grayish, alligator hide appearance.
Other Features - Many cultivars available from white to red flowers, variegated leaves some white-green, yellow-green. One of our most popular dogwoods.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Acid well-drained soil, performs best in some shade. Not pollution tolerant
Native Habitat - Massachusetts to Florida, west to Ontario, Texas and Mexico Cultivated 1731. To zone 5.
Diseases and Insects - Borer, petal and leaf spots, leaf and stem anthracnose. Diacula spp. has weaken or killed many. Many other problems attack this species.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Dogwood.
- Other plants of the family Cornaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Cornus.
- Other plants of the species Cornus florida.