Pink flowering dogwood
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Flowering dogwood is a native to the Eastern region of the United States, growing in the wild from Massachusetts southwards to the northern part of Florida. Its range goes west as far asTexas and Kansas in the South, and the Great Lakes in the North.
The flowers of this tree have four bracts, a term botanists use to describe modified leaves that closely resemble flower petals. These bracts have notches at the tips and in the wild are always white, while hybrid species used for ornamental purposes can be pink or red.
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John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.