Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour
HOURS

Mt. Cuba is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.
Latest Trial: Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide
MEMBERSHIP

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

close
Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Benthamidia florida 

Native Plants

Flowering Dogwood

5 Photos


Summary

Flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida) is one of our finest native trees and is attractive in all seasons. It has gorgeous white-bracted flowers in spring, red berries and leaves in the fall, and is followed by striking bark and branch structure all winter long. Flowering dogwood typically develops an irregular rounded habit, reaching 20-30’ tall and wide at maturity. It prefers well-drained acid soils and it makes an excellent specimen, understory tree or woodland edge tree as long as it receives shade during the heat of the day. It is an excellent companion for Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus),pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), drooping leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana), mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), and Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides). Formerly known as Cornus florida. Zones 5-9.


More Details

  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Other Scientific Names

    Cornus florida

     
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, purple, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    red