Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Nesting, Food/Birds
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

15 to
30
feet

Spread:

15 to
30
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
30
feet
Spread: 15 to
30
feet
Size
Height: 15 to
30
feet
Spread: 15 to
30
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Missouri state tree. Plant as a specimen or in small groupings. Effective in lawns, woodlands, bird or native plant gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in well-drained soil high in organic matter. Plant in a sheltered site and mulch to maintain cool, moist soil. Does not tolerate poorly drained soil. They grow on glades.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Small, low-branched tree with spreading horizontal branches. Distinctive white flowers, 3″ in diameter, bloom mid-April to mid-May. Clusters of glossy red fruit in fall persist into winter and are relished by birds. Consistent deep red fall leaf color.

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