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An aristocrat of native flowering tree, the dogwood is considered over planted by some but never obnoxious. Offering four seasons of character, many consider the tree to be the best native ornamental growing in the United States. Offering numerous cultivars with varying degrees of flower color, foliage color, fall color, and degree of bloom, the species tree is also widely appreciated by wildlife for its bright red berries which ripen in September and often provide nourishment well into December. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Diseases & Insects
Dogwood anthracnose is the most serious; trees are also susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot, canker, root rot and leaf and twig blight; stressed trees also become vulnerable to borers, leaf miners, and scale
True flowers are greenish yellow and unimportant, each 1/4 inch across, in a crowded 1/2 inch wide head, showy parts of inflorescences are the 4 white bracts which are obovate or emarginate, about 2 inches long, the entire involucre (bracts) 3 to 4 inches across, occur in April to May, effective for 10 to 14 days depending on the weather; true flowers are borne in short stalked comes (umbels?) and are subtended by the handsome bracts; normally in full regalia in mid April
zone 6a – 8b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are opposite, simple, oval or ovate, 3 to 6 inches long, 1 and 1/2 to 3 inches wide, abruptly acuminate, broad cuneate to rounded at base, nearly glabrous and dark green above, glaucous beneath and usually only pubescent on the veins, with 6 to 7 vein pairs; leaves are a handsome bronze-green when unfolding and have a consistent red to reddish purple fall color; one of the most consistent trees for excellent fall color
30-40 feet tall at maturity with roughly equal spread