Sun: Part Shade, Shade
Bloom: white, pink
Bloom Time: Late winter - early spring
Fruit: Red, 1/2"
Moisture: Dry, moist
Soil: Rich, well-drained, acid soil. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Acid-based
Attracts: Birds, mammals (fruit), butterflies, pollinators
Pollinator Benefit: Larval Host for Spring Azure Butterfly; Xerces society: Identified as Special Value for native bees;
Flowering Dogwood is also listed by Xerces Society as valuable for Conservation Biological Control as a host for insects that are predatory or parasitic to pest insects.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) is a beautiful ornamental tree in all seasons!
Sometimes considered the most spectacular of the native, flowering trees, flowering dogwood can grow to heights from 20-40 ft. It is a single- or multi-trunked understory tree with a spreading crown and long-lasting, showy, white and pink spring blooms. A lovely, small, flowering tree with short trunk and crown of spreading or nearly horizontal branches. Graceful, horizontal-tiered branching; red fruits; and scarlet-red fall foliage are other landscape attributes. Flowering dogwood is deciduous.
Flowering Dogwood is one of the most beautiful eastern North American trees with showy early spring flowers, red fruit, and scarlet autumn foliage. The hard wood is extremely shock-resistant and useful for making weaving-shuttles. It is also made into spools, small pulleys, mallet heads, and jeweler's blocks. Native Americans used the aromatic bark and roots as a remedy for malaria and extracted a red dye from the roots.
The genus cornus is Latin for a horn.
Info from wildflower.org
Young plants require regular watering. Mature require less. Fertilize once a year with compost.