SelecTree: Tree Detail

FLOWERING DOGWOOD
Cornus florida

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Photo Locations: Louisiana State Arboretum - Ville Platte, LA, National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA, Blake Garden - Kensington, CA, Los Gatos, CA and San Diego, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Needs ample water. Probably the most attractive flowering dogwood.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Eastern United States.

Family: Cornaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Conical or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 25 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oval, Light Green, Red, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Pink, Rose, White or Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Blocky.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 16.

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.

Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay or Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Beetle Borers and Scales, Anthracnose, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus florida Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 24, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cornus-florida >

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