Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

twig, leaf, and flowerLeaves are 3 to 6 inches long. The veins run parallel to the leaf margin. The mid-vein contains fine strands when pulled apart.

Leaves: oval to egg shaped with five or six pairs of veins

Branching: opposite

Bark: dark (red-brown), deeply checkered in an alligator hide-like pattern

Height: small bushy tree (taller in southern states: 30 to 40 ft.)

Trunk Diameter: 12 to 18 in.

Longevity: 60 to 80 yrs.

Tolerance: tolerant

Range: southern Maine to central Florida, west to eastern Texas

Fun Facts:

  • Planted as an ornamental branch, twigs, bark, fruit, and flower
  • Wood used in industrial weaving looms and wagon hubs.
  • Fruit and twigs of the tree are food for song and game birds, skunks, deer, rabbits, and squirrels.
  • Large white pink-tipped flowers in the spring.
  • Identification tip - gently tear leaf. Strings will appear between the torn halves.
  • You can always tell a Dogwood by its bark!


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