Description: Flower heads consist of 4 showy, white bracts surrounding a cluster of tiny flowers, followed by clusters of bright red fruits that attract birds; deep red fall color
Habit: Grows 20-30 feet high and wide
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade; evenly moist, well-drained, humus rich soil
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 8
Origin: North America
Attributes: Attracts birds. Showy fruit and fall color
Cornus florida is an understory tree, native to eastern North America, which was introduced to American gardens by 1731. Philadelphia botanist and nurseryman John Bartram sold Cornus florida in 1783, and Thomas Jefferson included "Dog-wood" on a list of trees in 1771. Jefferson also made several shipments of seed to his Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé. Flowering Dogwood, the state flower of Virginia, is one of the most popular small trees for residential planting in the U.S.
This plant will ship bare root. Two year seedling is 18" tall. zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.