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FIRST LADY FLOWERING DOGWOOD
Cornus florida 'First Lady'

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Photo Locations: Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA, National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR

General Notes

Branches droop but resist breakage.

Family: Cornaceae

Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 25 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Leaves Ovate, Variegated, Red, 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

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.

Attracts Birds.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Shade Tree, Street Tree or Screen.

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

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