Botanical Name: Cornus florida
Plant Family: Dogwood (Coraceae)
Description: Cornus florida, commonly known as flowering dogwood, is a small deciduous tree that typically grows 15-30’ tall with a low-branching, broadly-pyramidal but somewhat flat-topped habit.
Growing Conditions: Prefers organically rich, acidic soils in part shade. Benefits from a 4-6" mulch which will help keep roots cool and moist in summer.
Bloom Time: Early, April - May
Bloom Color: White
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Early nectar source for pollinators, host plant for spring azure butterfly.
Native Status: Native from Maine to southern Ontario to Illinois to Kansas south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. It is the state tree of Missouri and Virginia.
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden