SelecTree: Tree Detail
FIRST LADY FLOWERING DOGWOOD
Cornus florida 'First Lady'
Photo Locations: Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA, National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR
Branches droop but resist breakage.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 25 - 30 feet.
Width: 20 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate, Variegated or Yellow or Yellow Green, Red or Purple or Bronze, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Persistent, Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Gray, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as out of Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 16.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Borer, Midge Insect, Insect Galls, Scales and Twig Girdlers, Anthracnose, Canker, Leaf Blight, Leaf Spot, Powdery Mildew and Scorch.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Street Tree or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cornus florida 'First Lady' Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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