SelecTree: Tree Detail
CHEROKEE CHIEF DOGWOOD
Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'
Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample water. Tree has ruby-red bracts. Fruit attracts birds.
Has fragrant Flower.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 12 - 18 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oval, Light Green, Red, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Red or Rose. 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 Wildlife use it.
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.
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.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief' Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 24, 2018.
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