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Cornus florida [= Benthamidia florida]

Flowering Dogwood

Scientific Name:

Cornus florida [= Benthamidia florida]

Genus:

Cornus

Species Epithet:

florida

Common Name:

Flowering Dogwood

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist forests and woodlands. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Per Larry Mellichamp, "the overall most beloved and widely planted deciduous tree in the Southeast....year-round appeal via flowers, foliage, form, fruit and bark."
The red fruits are high in fat and relished by birds.

Flowering Dogwoods explode with showy white blossoms in mid-spring. True flowers are tiny and surrounded by 4 showy, bright white leafy bracts.

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Cornus florida is often multi-stemmed with distinctively layered branches.

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Pink flowering cultivars are available and handsome.

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A pair of Flowering Dogwoods in the Suzie Harwood Garden, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.

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Many species of native birds are attracted to dogwood fruits in autumn.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/cornus-florida/

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/benthamidia/florida/



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