Learning About Dogwood Trees

What many people think of as the dogwood flower is actually a leaf-life structure. Wayne Mezitt, of Weston Nurseries, shows us the flower up close and offers other insights into dogwood trees...

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A new coating of winter white clings to the buds and branches of the dogwood tree outside my bedroom window on this chilly February morning. It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has already predicted six more weeks of winter. Given that soothsayer Phil has only been accurate 39 percent of the time, that his prediction is decided in advance by his handlers, and that no self-respecting...

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  1. Cornus is a genus of about 30–60 species of woody plants in the family Cornaceae, commonly known as dogwoods, which can generally be distinguished by their blossoms, berries, and distinctive bark. Most are deciduous trees or shrubs, but a few species are nearly herbaceous perennial subshrubs, and a few of the woody species are evergreen.Several species have small heads of inconspicuous ...
  2. – Dogwood is also thought to derive from “dagwood”, which would involve using the tree’s thin twigs for creating daggers. – Chaucer used the term “whippletree” to refer to the Dogwood, which is the name for the piece of wood connecting the horse’s harness to the drag pole of a cart.
  3. Dogwood trees grow quickly, with a fast rate of over a foot a year. A tree planted this year will reach full-size in about a decade. Flower color: White is the usual color of the dogwood’s petal-like bracts, but some are pink or even pale red, such as C. florida ‘Rubra’. Foliage:
  4. Flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) are deciduous trees native to the eastern half of the United States. These trees can add year-round beauty to the landscape. Let’s look at how to grow dogwood trees. Flowering dogwoods range in color from white to pink or red and generally bloom for about two to ...
  5. Cornus florida, the flowering dogwood, is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae native to eastern North America and northern Mexico.An endemic population once spanned from southernmost coastal Maine south to northern Florida and west to the Mississippi River. The tree is commonly planted as an ornamental in residential and public areas because of its showy bracts and interesting ...
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Flowring dogwood tree in bloom.
Photo by Mangrove Mike on Flickr

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Photo by PGH™ on Flickr

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Dogwood Tree, Loudon County Courthouse, Loudon, Tennessee
Photo by Frank Kehren on Flickr