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, 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
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." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
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