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White Dogwood - Cornus florida



White Dogwood, scientifically known as Cornus florida, is a deciduous tree native to eastern North America. It is renowned for its elegant beauty and ornamental value in landscapes. Typically growing to heights of 20 to 30 feet, with a similar spread, White Dogwood features a rounded crown and spreading branches that create a picturesque silhouette.

In spring, before the leaves emerge, White Dogwood bursts into bloom with clusters of small, four-petaled flowers. These flowers are creamy white, tinged with pink, and appear in profusion, covering the tree in a delicate blanket of blossoms. The flowers give way to glossy red berries that ripen to a deep scarlet in late summer, providing food for birds and wildlife.

During the fall season, White Dogwood foliage transitions to shades of vibrant red, orange, and purple, adding to its seasonal appeal. The leaves eventually drop to reveal a graceful branching structure that adds interest to the winter landscape.

White Dogwood thrives in partial shade to full sun and prefers moist, well-drained soils. It is adaptable and tolerant of a range of soil conditions, making it suitable for various garden settings. In landscaping, White Dogwood is prized for its year-round beauty, from the showy spring blooms to the colorful fall foliage and winter silhouette. It is commonly used as a specimen tree, in woodland gardens, or as part of a naturalized setting, where its understated elegance can be appreciated throughout the seasons.


White Dogwood - Cornus florida

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  • Zone: 5-9

    Spread: 15-30 ft.

    Height: 15-30 ft.

    Sun: Full sun to partial shade

    Water: Average

    Attracts: Birds, Butterflies

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