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Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

GIS Coordinate:
N40 20.983 W94 52.890

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Leaves opposite and simple, 3-6 inches long. Scarlet color in fall

Native Locale:
Massachusetts to Florida, west to Ontario, Texas and Mexico

Mature Height:
20 to 40 feet

Mature Width:
20 to 60 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 5

Soil Preference:
Prefers acidic, cool, moist soil

Growth Habit:
Shrub or small, low-branched tree with horizontally spreading lines, layered effect, usually with a flat-topped crown and often wider than high at maturity

Rate of Growth:
Slow when young to Medium

Disease and Insect:
Is susceptible to a wide variety of problems including pests including borer and various petal and leaf spots

Landscape Value:

Additional Notes:

  • Flowers: Small green and white flowers surrounded by petal-like bracts. They later bear small bright red fruit clusters. Flower buds identifiable on winter twigs
  • Bark: Mature bark is black and brown scaly blocks.
  • Used as ornamental trees.


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