Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida Cornaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Native to the Finger Lakes Region, Mass. to FL, West to Ont., Tex., & Mex.


Mundy Wildflower Garden, Cornell Class of 1938 Native Maple Slope, Sculpture Garden, Mundy Wildflower Garden, Coy Glen, Fischer Old-growth Forest, South Hill Swamp

Source of plant

Chase Brother's Nursery, Schichtel's Nursery, Weston Nurseries, Edgewood Nursery, John Ewanicki, Lake County Nursery Inc., Forrest Keeling Nursery, McGuire Gardens, Bill Schneider, Ruth Nix


Small, low-branched tree with spreading, horizontal branches and a flat-topped crown, often wider than high at maturity. Fertile flowers greenish-yellow, crowded into a 1/2" wide head surrounded by four, 2" long, white bracts, effective in April and May. Fruit a glossy red, 1/3" long drupe, borne 3-4 in a cluster, ripening in September and October. Fall color a reliably good reddish-purple.

USDA Hardiness Zone