Can Dogwood Trees Grow in Northern Illinois?

Illinois lies in USDA plant hardiness zones 4b to 6, with winter low temperatures of minus 25 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) grows wild only in the southern half of the state. Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) is a 15- to-30-foot dogwood tree native to northern Illinois.

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