Cornus florida L.

Flowering Dogwood




Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9 (6 to 8 to perform well)

Size: 20 to 30' tall and wide

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Small understory tree. White flowers before leaves in spring (some Pink flowering varieties). Needs some sun to bloom well. Plant mid autumn or early spring. Eastern or northern side of trees or house. Plant with Azaleas, Witchhazel or Fothergilla. Major pruning in January. Does not like wet feet.


'Cherokee Chief' - pink flowers - introduced in 1958 - RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002

'Cherokee Princess' - good disease resistance - large white bracts

'Rubra' - red flowers - cultivated since 1889 - RHS First Class Certificate in 1927


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 117 in 1753. Linnaeus refers to Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 27.

Native to Eastern USA, Ontario.

Introduced to cultivation in 1730.

RHS Award of merit in 1951.


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