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Cornus florida

Common Name(s):
Flowering dogwood
Cultivar(s):
Cherokee Princess (white), Sweetwater (red), Cherokee Chief (red), Pygmy (dwarf), Appalachian Spring (white), Rubra (pink), Cherokee Daybreak (variegated foliage), Cherokee Sunset (variegated foliage), Cherokee Brave (red), Cloud 9 (white)
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Berries attract birds and squirrels; shallow root system; maroon to red fall foliage; shallow root system; native; best form and flowers in light shade; mulch to maintain moist soil; subject to anthracnose disease if grown in western NC with high humidity, poor air circulation, and heavy shade. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.

Diseases of Dogwood

Height:
15-30 ft.
Flower:
4-in. white bracts in April; glossy red fruit in fall; pink and red cultivars available
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Semi-rounded top; horizontal low branches creating a layered look
Exposure:
Partial shade; moderate to well-drained soil
Fruit:
White flowers in spring; red berries in fall
Width:
15-20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
3-6 in. opposite, simple leaf; red to reddish-purple fall color
Tags:
TSC, deciduous, fall color, native, birds, small tree, shade, understory, wildlife, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 471

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