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Benthamidia florida 

Native Plants

Flowering Dogwood

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Flowering Dogwood 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, followed by striking bark and branch structure all winter long. It 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 Calycanthus floridus, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Kalmia latifolia, Leucothoe fontanesiana, Viburnum acerifolium, Geranium maculatum, and Polystichum acrostichoides.

More Details

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

    Cornus florida

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