Botanical Name: Cornus florida
Common Name: Flowering Dogwood, Eastern Dogwood  
Plant photo of: Cornus florida
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Spring, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Meadow, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen, Standard


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Lawn, Patio


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Mullany, Connon N.
  • Description

  • Notes

As a deciduous tree, this dogwood has a rounded form and a horizontal branching pattern. It produces very dense flowering in May as well asin the fall. The fruit appears in clusters of scarlet oval.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.