Flowering Dogwood Blooms

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A Photo Gallery of Flowering Dogwood Blooms in Spring

A Wild Flowering Dogwood in Spring
A Wild Flowering Dogwood in Spring. Steve Nix

Some call flowering dogwood the "queen" of North American forests. Graceful branching, unique blossoms, red berries and red fall foliage makes it unforgettable. The showy "flowers" are, in fact, not flowers but bracts that subtend and surround a group or boss of 20 to 30 real flowers. These true flowers are less than one-quarter inch in size. The actual flowers of Cornus florida are not white.

Unfortunately, the tree is being attacked by a disease called dogwood anthracnose and is in some stress at higher elevations. Dogwood has a natural range throughout the eastern United States - from southern Maine down to north Florida and west to the Mississippi River.

Flowering dogwood grows 20 to 35 feet tall and spreads 25 to 30 feet. It can be trained with one central trunk or as a multi-trunked tree.

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Wild Dogwood Flower Bloom

Wild Dogwood Flower Bloom
Wild Dogwood Flower Bloom Wild Dogwood Flower Bloom. Steve Nix

The flowers consist of four bracts below the small head of yellow flowers. The bracts may be pink or red depending on cultivar but the species color is white.

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Multiple Dogwood Blooms

Multiple Dogwood Blooms
Dogwood Blooms in Spring Multiple Dogwood Blooms. Steve Nix

Some call flowering dogwood the "queen" of North American forests. Graceful branching, unique blossoms, red berries and red fall foliage makes it unforgettable.

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Wild Dogwood Form

Wild Dogwood Form
Wild Dogwood Form. Steve Nix

Dogwood has a symmetrical canopy with a regular (or smooth) outline. Individual trees have very similar and uniquely species specific crown forms.

Dogwood branches on the lower half of the crown grow horizontally, those in the upper half are more upright. In time, this can lend a strikingly horizontal impact to the landscape, particularly if some branches are thinned to open up the crown.

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Wild Flowering Dogwood Bloom

Wild Flowering Dogwood Bloom
Wild Flowering Dogwood Bloom. Steve Nix

Dogwood bracts are white and the actual flower is tiny and yellow. Dogwood flowers are spring bloomers and very showy.

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Domestic White Flowering Dogwood

Domestic Dogwood
Domestic Dogwood. Steve Nix

Domestic dogwood bracts may be pink or red depending on cultivar but the species color is white.

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Flowering Dogwood Form

Domestic Flowering Dogwood Form
Domestic Flowering Dogwood Form Domestic Flowering Dogwood Form. Steve Nix

Dogwood is not suited for parking lot planting but can be grown in a wide street median.

Dogwoods prefer and thrive with less than full-day sun and some irrigation. It is a standard tree in many gardens where it is used by the patio for light shade.

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Pink Flowering Dogwood

Domestic Pink Flowering Dogwood
The Popular Cultivars Domestic Pink Flowering Dogwood. Jane Kirkland

Pink-flowering cultivars grow poorly in USDA hardiness zones 8 and 9.

Several pink and white dogwood cultivars include:

Apple Blossom - pink bracts; Cherokee Chief - red bracts; Cherokee Princess - white bracts; Cloud 9 - white bracts, flowers young; Fastigiata - upright growth while young, spreading with age; First Lady - leaves variegated with yellow turning red and maroon in the fall; Gigantea - bracts six inches from tip of one bract to tip of opposite bract.

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Pink Dogwood Form

Pink Dogwood Form
Pink Dogwood Form. Jane Kirkland

Flowering Dogwood prefers a deep, rich, well-drained, sandy or clay soil and has a moderately long life.

It is not recommended in heavy, wet soils unless it is grown on a raised bed to keep roots on the dry side. The roots will rot in soils without adequate drainage.

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