Eastern Dogwood

Scientific Name: Cornus florida
Genus: Cornus
Family: Cornaceae

IMG_0349 eastern dogwoodNative to the eastern United States, it has two main forms: one with white and one with pink “flowers” (really bracts). It is often wider than high, commonly reaching 25 feet. The flat planes of bracts before the leaves appear make this dogwood one of our showiest April and May flowering trees. Summer foliage is a good lustrous green, turning to an excellent red or plum fall color.