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Ethereal Spring Blooms Flowering Dogwood Trees
After the Redbud trees are starting to leaf out, the Flowering Dogwoods start their delicate spring show. Early spring is such a special time of year!
Flowering Dogwood Trees are available in many sizes, colors, and shapes. Their relatively small size and high volume of flowers make Dogwood trees a popular landscaping choice.
But Flowering Dogwood Trees are truly a four season tree. Spring brings gorgeous flowers, summer brings attractive foliage, fall brings a delightful show of red colored leaves, and winter brings unique branching and bark for winter interest.
Sophisticated Flowering Dogwood tree flower colors span an endearing range from pure white to scarlet red. Vibrant modern cultivars are coming out of top University breeding programs.
Rutgers University has brought truly special Dogwood trees to market, including Scarlet Fire® Rutgers Japanese Dogwood. From the fuchsia-pink flowers to the burgundy fall foliage color...this choice selection brings a disease-resistant and very eye-catching specimen to your landscape.
Ragin' Red Dogwood is an incredible variety that delivers a brick-red flower display in spring. Partnered with a bold mixed fall color...you can't go wrong with Ragin' Red!
Mix Dogwood tree bloom colors for a custom look in an informal grouping. Place the darker red further away from your home, and the palest blooms closest for a big boost of intrigue and visual interest.
We offer several different varieties of Dogwood trees on our site. Please study the Plant Highlights found on every page to see how tall and wide your mature tree will grow.
Little Poncho Kousa Flowering Dogwood tree stays small, but their white bracts deliver a very large presence as a focal point. This four-season selection works hard in small space gardens and courtyards.
FIll a wide open area on the far side of your pond with cold-hardy Cherokee Princess, a spreading Dogwood with horizontal branches. As this pristine white-blooming cultivar ages, it develops into a showy living sculpture.
She might look dainty, but the white flowers of Cherokee Princess bloom on a cold-hardy Dogwood tree that survives winter down to growing Zone 4. That's Minneapolis-style cold!
Stellar Pink Dogwood is an upright variety that brings a romantic look to your landscape. The pink-blushed bracts line the layered branches for an exquisite spring show.
How to Identify Dogwood Trees
The striking beauty of this very recognizable tree gets the attention of homeowners and landscapers. Everyone loves a graceful Dogwood tree!
Take a closer look. Is the bark rough and gray, with a finely-blocked texture portrayed evenly along the trunk?
Distinctive Dogwood bark adds a lot of interest in wintertime. You'll swear it looks like your tree is wearing alligator-skin boots!
Flowering Dogwood Trees height ranges from about 15 to 30 feet tall, depending on the cultivar. The trunks are not large and they are short with many spreading branches.
Dogwood trees also feature those wide blooms called bracts. They can be rounded with a notched center, or come to a point.
The bracts stay showy for several weeks. Study the rounded "button" of true flowers in the center, as they will develop into a raspberry-shaped berry in fall.
Flowering Dogwood leaves are attractive. 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. You'll be thrilled with the reds, burgundy and Dogwood purple leaf tones that develop as the fall temperatures come on in late season.
Host Butterfly Species Dogwood Trees Support Wildlife
In addition to it's 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 lay her eggs on Cornus trees.
While the Cornus florida is a beautiful landscape plant, it is also an important wildlife tree. Squirrels and 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. Songbirds may snatch the ripe fruit quickly...although some years, the fruit can persist through December.
Are Dogwoods Fast-Growing?
On average, Flowering Dogwood trees grow faster with at least four hours of direct sunlight a day. They need well-drained soil that doesn't stay wet for long.
Although the moderate growth rate translates to roughly one foot a year...you'll make an immediate impression with the largest size container we have in stock. Please understand, our inventory sells out almost as fast as we put it up online.
Please buy what you can, when you can. Include Nature Hills Root Booster for life-long support of a healthy root system.
Is Dogwood a Tree or a Bush?
Dogwoods are in the genus Cornus, which includes plants that grow as trees and bushes. You'll be amazed how fast Dogwood shrubs grow into a wonderfully established size.
These top-selling plants are very popular. Search our site to find Dogwood shrub varieties that provide those incredible red or yellow stems in winter...but did you know that some cultivars offer lovely variegated foliage all season?
Best Planting Location and Landscaping Tips for Flowering Dogwood Trees
Dogwood trees perform best with morning sun to dry their foliage and afternoon shade. They'll love to cavort in a breezy area at the edge of a woodland.
Single trees look great in a mulched lawn planting bed...but you'll create a lyrical sensation with a grouping of three. Think of pretty maids all in a row!
In colder climates, they'll tolerate a bit more direct sun in a mulched setting. Keep them consistently moist, but never in standing water.
These trees do best in a naturalized setting...not that they are messy. It's just that they prefer a three-inch layer of mulch over their shallow root systems.
While you are installing them, add spring-flowering bulbs. They make an excellent partner with Virginia Sweetspire and Fothergilla shrubs...or try https://www.naturehills.com/sumac-gro-low Gro-Low Sumac as an effective ground cover when installed together at the same time.
Planting and growing tips for Dogwood tree care. Remember not to plant Dogwood too deep...keep them at the same level they were growing at the nursery.
Site your Dogwood 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; although you'll want to correct the form as needed after flowering.
Plant them in spring or fall, if you can. However, if you see your favorite in stock on our site, place your order right away.
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.
Properly located Dogwood trees can live up to 80 years of age. You'll never regret a choice to plant these flowering trees for full sun or partial shade in your landscape.
Flowering Dogwood trees are modestly-sized deciduous trees that are the best known as harbingers of spring. Order our healthy, gorgeous trees from NatureHills.com today!