Flowering dogwood (cornus florida) is found through most of the Eastern U.S. and a good portion of Canada. These trees are prized for their graceful shape and spring blooms.
- Alternate Common Name: None
- Average Height: Mature flowering dogwood grow from 15 to 40 feet tall.
- Average Width: The canopy of a flowering dogwood tree can spread to 20 feet.
- Leaf Description: Cornus florida leaves are opposite, simple, 3 to 5 inches long, oval in shape with an entire or slightly wavy margin, green above and slightly paler below.
- Bark Description: Flowering dogwood tree bark is gray and smooth when young, turning very scaly to finely blocky when mature.
- Twig Description: Slender, green or purple twigs, later turning gray.
- Flowering: Very small and inconspicuous tight cluster of flowers surrounded by 4 very showy, large, white (occasionally pink) bracts, 2 inches in diameter, appearing in mid-spring.
- Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
- Comments: None