White Flowering Dogwood Growth


Native to the eastern United States, dogwood is a flowering, deciduous tree that grows as tall as 15 to 40 feet.

The clean, white bracts of the dogwood set off the greenery and trunk. image by "Only rarely is the Jinxlet captured on film in mid-frolic" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Brendan Adkins (Brendan Adkins) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.


The bark of mature dogwood trees is segmented into small blocks so that the texture of the tree trunk looks a bit like alligator skin.


The tree branches horizontally, creating a rounded crown atop the tree that is wider than the tree is tall.


In autumn, the foliage of the tree turns red or purple before dropping off. In spring, the tree flowers.


The white flowers of the dogwood are actually bracts, which are modified leaves. The true flowers are yellow and very small, surrounded by four bracts.


The tree produces red or yellow berries that are poisonous. Within those are one or two seeds. Fruits ripen in the fall.


Dogwood doesn't like the stress of poor soil, heat and drought. If in full sun, the tree needs watering because the dogwood likes partial shade.


  • USDA Plant Guide; Flowering Dogwood; Sarah Wennerberg; May 2006
  • Flowering Dogwood; NC State University
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