Varieties of Dogwood Trees

The dogwood tree is well-known for it's stunning display of flowers in the spring. Dogwoods have become popular with homeowners for a multitude of reasons. The dogwood adapts well to most soil and growing conditions, they don't attract a lot of pests and are fairly disease resistant. The small stature of the dogwood makes it ideal for tight spaces. Available in shades of white, pink and red, the dogwood is an excellent choice for almost any home landscape.

Red Pygmy

A member of the Cornaceae family, the red pygmy dogwood (Cornus florida) has a rose-red colored flower. Best used in growing zones 5 through 9, the red pygmy dogwood blooms in April and May.The red pygmy thrives in organically rich, acidic soil that is well-drained and requires full sun to partial shade to promote proper blossoming. Foliage is green and about 3 inches long, and it turns a bright red-purple shade in the fall. The red pygmy is small in stature, reaching heights of 3 to 7 feet and are best used around porches, in front yards and in containers on a patio.

White Cloud

Beautiful creamy-white flowers will blossom on your white cloud dogwood (Cornus florida) during the months of April and May. A member of the Cornaceae family, the white cloud dogwood grows to heights of 15 to 30 feet. The white cloud grows in climate zones 5 through 9 and thrives in rich, acidic soil that is well-drained. Leaves are a shade of medium green, are between 2 and 4 inches long and turn to a reddish-purple shade in the fall. Plant your white cloud dogwoods in sunny to partially shaded areas of your garden or front yard.

Stellar Pink

The fast-growing stellar pink dogwood is a prolific bloomer that produces large, pink blossoms during April and May. A member of the Cornaceae family, the stellar pink was developed by Elwin R. Orton, Jr. and was released by Rutgers University. The tree reaches heights of 15 to 30 feet and thrives in full to partial shade. Foliage is light to medium green in color, leaves are 3 inches long and turn red to red-purple during the fall season. Plant the stellar pink dogwood in acidic, organically rich soil. The stellar pink is best suited for climate zones 5 through 9 and often is used to add a dash color to the front yard or garden.

Cherokee Brave

The low-maintenance Cherokee brave dogwood (Cornus florida comco No 1) is found in climate zones 5 through 9. A member of the Cornaceae family, the Cherokee brave reaches heights of 15 to 30 feet and thrives in full sun to partial shade. Plant the Cherokee brave in well-drained, acidic soil that is rich in organic matter. Foliage is green and turns a red or burgundy shade during the fall. The Cherokee brave blooms in May and produces a flower that is red on the outer petals and fades to white in the center. Plant the Cherokee brave dogwood in small groups, around your patio or in your front yard.

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