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Flowering Dogwood

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Cornus florida

Flower Description:

White blossoms appear to float above the stems. The flowers are yellow and very small and are surrounded by 4 large white (sometimes pink) bracts. Each bract has a rounded notch on the outer edge. Fruits ripen in fall.

Season BloomSpring
HabitatConsidered the most spectacular of our native trees. Single or multi trunked with a spreading crown. Flowers are showy and long-lasting. Red fall leaf color adds to its landscaping value. It is a valuable food plant for wildlife. Many birds and mammals consume its seeds.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are opposite, simple and medium green. The veins follow the elliptic curve of the leaf and are deep. Leaves turn red-purple in fall.
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Partial Sun