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Benthamidia florida 

Native Plants

Flowering Dogwood

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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.

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

    Cornus florida

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