Many types of dogwood trees exist, but only some of them have blooms that are all pink. The dogwood tree is susceptible to many pests and diseases; care when choosing a pink dogwood is important to ensure a healthy and pest-free plant.
The pink dogwood is a tree with gnarled, curled branches and pink blooms that house tiny, yellowish flowers inside. The pink dogwood tree grows all over the continental United States and southern Canada.
C. florida rubra is a variety of dogwood with pink blooms and red leaves. Cherokee sunset and Junior Miss also bear pink bracts. Stellar pink dogwood is a type of pink dogwood bred to be resistant to fungal disease. Most other dogwoods bear white blooms.
A pink dogwood tree usually grows to be about 20 to 25 feet tall. Dwarf varieties of the dogwood tree grow 5 to 7 feet tall. In the southern United States, many dogwoods grow to be around 40 feet tall.
Pink dogwood trees bloom at different times of year depending on their locations. Dogwood trees in the southern United States bloom in March, while dogwoods in the north bloom in June.
The blooms on a pink dogwood tree are not technically flowers. The large pink "flowers" on the dogwood tree are actually protective structures called bracts that house several smaller flowers inside.
Dogwoods are particularly at risk for a disease called dogwood anthracnose, a fungus that attacks the leaves of the dogwood, leaving rotted holes in the leaves until it eventually kills the tree. Dogwood anthracnose is contagious among plants and was responsible for the destruction of many acres of dogwood before the cause was discovered in 1988.