Sophisticated and elegant, the Flowering Dogwood tree starts its delicate spring show making early spring such a special time of year! But did you know that Flowering Dogwood Trees are truly a four-season tree?
Learn how to care for these incredible trees so they can continue to bring beauty to your world all year long!
Dogwood trees feature small flowers surrounded by very showy bracts that are mistaken as the flowers. They can be rounded with a notched center, or come to a point. The bracts stay showy for several weeks before the rounded button of true flowers in the center develops into a raspberry-shaped berry in fall.
Flowering Dogwood leaves are attractive. The foliage emerges bronzy or reddish on many cultivars and matures to green. They grow to about 5 inches long and about 2 inches wide. The undersides are a pale green. Foliage is oval, and the prominent veins curve out from a strong mid-rib. The fall foliage color varies but is spectacular red, burgundy, and to red-purple leaf tones that develop as the fall temperatures come on in the late season!
The distinctive bark is rough and gray, with a finely-blocked texture portrayed evenly along the trunk. It adds a lot of interest in wintertime. You'll swear it looks like your tree is wearing alligator-skin boots.
Everyone loves a graceful Dogwood tree!
Flowering Dogwood trees (Including Cornus florida, Cornus kousa, and the many cultivars and hybrids) at Nature Hills are available in many sizes, colors, and shapes! You’ll find a wonderful selection of Dogwood trees for you to choose from! Their relatively small size and high volume of flowers make them a popular landscaping choice for specimens and focal points.
Mix Dogwood tree bloom colors for a custom look in an informal grouping. Place the darker red Dogwood trees further away from your home, and the palest blooms closest for a big boost of intrigue and visual interest.
Featuring a sophisticated form and a wide span of flower colors - from an endearing pure white to incredible scarlet red! Vibrant modern cultivars are coming out of top university breeding programs all the time!
The striking beauty of this very recognizable tree gets the attention of homeowners and landscapers. The gray bark adds interest to the winter landscape.
Flowering Dogwood trees are modestly-sized deciduous trees that are the best-known harbingers of spring. On average, Flowering Dogwood trees grow faster with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day, and they love the morning sun with some protection from the afternoon sun. Their root systems need well-drained soil that doesn't stay wet for long.
Although the moderate growth rate translates to roughly one foot a year. Plant in well-drained soils that have regular access to moisture. Include Nature Hills Root Booster for the life-long support of a healthy root system.
Properly located Dogwood trees can live up to 80 years of age. Taking the time and these key steps during planting makes all the difference to young trees while ensuring reliable floral displays every spring in your landscape!
For best results, plant your Dogwood where there is good air circulation, and provide morning sun to dry the leaves. Water at the roots to keep the foliage as dry as possible. It’s important to use good sanitation when cleaning up fall foliage. This is important since improperly planted Dogwood trees are susceptible to anthracnose.
Site your Dogwood tree where you won't need to do regular pruning for size control. Give them plenty of space, as they can be slow to heal from pruning. You will, however, want to correct the form as needed after flowering. Prune if necessary in late winter or after blooming in spring to remove crossing branches and water growth, or to control the shape.
In addition to their beautiful ornamental look, flowering Dogwood trees support beneficial pollinators that gather nectar from the tiny true flowers. Watch for the fabulous Cecropia Silk Moth to use Dogwood as their caterpillar Host Plants to lay their eggs on.
After the flowers finish, its red fruits are a food source for songbirds and other wildlife from fall through winter. While the Cornus florida is a beautiful landscape plant, it is also an important wildlife tree. Squirrels, deer, and some 28 bird species eat the fruit.
The bright red fall fruit has a fun, bumpy look, but you need to keep an eye out for songbirds that flit from branch to branch as they snatch the ripe fruit, although the fruit may occasionally persist through December for lovely winter interest.
So don’t wait any longer! You'll never regret adding these incredible flowering trees to your landscape! We'll ship it when the time is right for planting. Dogwoods can be successfully planted in summer, but you'll need to keep a close eye on their hydration.
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