Cornus florida

Flowering dogwood

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Marg Cousens, copyright GAP Photos (249477)

Plant details

Not commonly seen in gardens, this beautiful North American shrub deserves to be better known. In late spring, it is covered in white to pink star-shaped bracts which are joined at the tips as they open. This display is followed in autumn by glorious fall leaf colours of red and purple. Grow in well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or partial shade.

Family: Cornaceae

Genus: Cornus

Species: florida

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 800cm

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