Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Cornus Florida, or Flowering Dogwood, is a popular tree for landscapes in many personal gardens and yards, but it is particularly popular in Florida.

This tree blooms around April and shows distinctive white bracts that surround smaller flowers. In the fall, the leaves turn an almost purple color, creating a stunning image. It’s also a great option if you want to plant in an area close to utility lines or other structures since it does not grow very large.

How Does It Grow?

It only reaches a height of around 25 feet, and it can live to about 80 years. However, it’s able to flower from a very young age, sometimes even as young as 2-3 years old.

A Versatile Tree

This species is very versatile. Although it prefers moistures, it can also grow in drier conditions with the right maintenance. It can grow in most types of soils, from acidic to sandy, or even clay.

In their natural habitat, the Flowering Dogwood is an understory tree, meaning it’s usually surrounded by bigger trees to protect it. You should keep this in mind when choosing a location for it and consider planting it next to other trees.

The tree must be watered frequently until its roots develop enough. Keep a close eye on the tree later on and consider watering it if the weather gets too dry. Though it can withstand dry conditions, a long dry spell may affect its growth.

It Has Medicinal Properties

This tree was a popular choice for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as both planted it on their plantations. Additionally, the Native Americans used to make medicinal teas from its bark, and doctors during the Civil War used this tea as a way to treat mosquito bites and infections caused by them.


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