The state tree of Virginia, Flowering Dogwood grows 20 to 30 feet tall and spreads 20 to 25 feet. It can be trained with one central trunk or as a picturesque multi-trunked tree. The flowers consist of four bracts which subtend the small head of yellow green flowers. The bracts are a reddish pink and fall color depends on seed source but on most sun grown plants will be red to maroon. The bright red fruits (poisonous to humans, but loved by birds) mature in early fall and usually persist until the middle of December. Branches on the lower half of the crown grow horizontally; those in the upper half are more upright. In time, this can lend a strikingly horizontal impact to the landscape, particularly if some branches are thinned to open up the crown. Lower branches left on the trunk will droop to the ground, creating a wonderful landscape feature. Leaf: Opposite, simple, 3 to 5 inches long, oval in shape with an entire or slightly wavy margin, arcuately veined, green above and slightly paler below. Flower: Monoecious; very small and inconspicuous tight cluster, but surrounded by 4 very showy, large, reddish pink bracts, 2 inches in diameter, appearing in mid-spring. Fruit: A shiny, oval red drupe, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, in clusters of 3 to 5, maturing in fall. Form: A small tree with a short trunk that branches low, producing a slightly rounded to flat-topped crown. Branches are opposite, and assume a "candelabra" appearance. Zone: 5 to 9 Native Range: Eastern North America Height: 15 to 30 feet Spread: 15 to 30 feet Bloom Time: April-May Bloom Color: Reddish pink bracts with yellowish-green centers Sun: Sun to Part Shade Fall Color: Red Drought Tolerance: Moderate Scarify: Soak in water for 24 hours Stratify: Cold 90-120 days, 40 Degrees F in a Moist Medium (Not wet). Germination: Sow 1/2" Deep, Keep moist (Not wet).
A beautiful red pink blooms