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Fall Color


Flowering Dogwood, Dogwood, Virginia Dogwood, Florida Dogwood, Arrowwood, Boxwood, False Box, White Cornel
Cornus florida


Flowering Dogwood blossoms from late March until early May in the woodlands of east Texas, where it grows on well-drained, sandy, acid soils. It is most common as an understory tree, where it can reach 40 feet; it is shorter and most beautiful when in full sun. It has multi-season interest: white or pink spring flowers (actually bracts), dark green summer foliage, red summer/fall fruit, red to maroon fall color, and a graceful horizontal branching pattern. When it is grown outside its native environment, it should be planted in a raised, amended bed shielded from harsh afternoon sun.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: four-part white to pink bracts around tiny greenish-yellow flowers

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red oblong cone-shaped drupe.

Height: 20 to 30 ft.

Width: 20 to 30 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high medium

Water Requirements: high medium

Soil Requirements: acid neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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