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Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus Florida

This attractive, small tree is native to eastern USA growing naturally in the understory. A profusion of white flowers (bracts to be precise) adorn this small tree in spring with the true flowers clustered at the centre. These give way to inedible, bright red berry-like fruits in late summer with leaves turning a beautiful scarlet red in fall. An excellent choice for planting in smaller gardens or in areas of partial shade. The small fruits are enjoyed by birds and the flowers attract a variety of insects including bees. If planted in full sun, mulch the root zone in summer to protect shallow roots.

Additional information




Native to North America


Small (under 30ft)




Multi Stemmed, Round

Growth Rate



Moderate (50 to 100 years)

Hardiness Zones *


Sun Exposure

Full Sun (over 6 hrs), Partial Sun (4 to 6 hrs)

Soil Preferences *

Moist, Slightly Acidic, Well Draining

Soil Tolerances

Clay, Slightly Alkaline

Other Tolerances

Walnut Toxicity

Ornamental Interest

Flowers (attractive), Leaves (colour)

Human Value

Carpentry (wood)

Wildlife Value

Bees (flowers), Birds (fruits/seeds), Butterflies (flowers), Butterfly Larvae (leaves), Insect Pollinators (flowers), Large Mammals (fruits/seeds), Small Mammals (fruits/seeds)

Seed Collection

Ordered Online

Planting Considerations

Intolerant of Road Salt, Intolerant of Urban Pollution, Shallow Roots, Tricky to Transplant

*Useful Links

Hardiness Zones – Canada’s Hardiness Zones

Soil Preferences РMulti-Purpose Soil Tester