Plant of the Month: Dogwood Trees

The Dogwood Tree is a majestic ornamental tree that fills the landscape with its clusters of flowers and draws attention as a specimen tree and has the extra benefit of attracting butterflies, beneficial insects, and birds.

The Flowering dogwood is a popular tree native to North Florida. This beautiful spreading tree grows up to 35 feet tall.

The dogwood is an understory tree (meaning it is small enough and sufficiently shade tolerant to thrive under the canopies of other, taller trees), so it does best in part or filtered sun.

Flowering dogwood prefers growing on rich, well-draining soils that are moist, so regular watering benefits the tree's growth and flowering. They’re not drought tolerant and should get plenty of water.

The dogwood tree blooms for a few weeks in the spring, with four-petaled white flowers with yellow centers. Its leaves turn a spectacular red and purple in fall before dropping. The tree has bright crimson berries that birds just love.

The dogwood can be trained to grow with a single trunk or as a picturesque multi-trunked tree. If necessary, prune yours after it flowers, but before next year’s flower buds form in July.

Be sure to plant these trees where they receive good air circulation to cut down on diseases. Although new cultivars with better disease resistance are being created annually, we typically do not include them in our landscape designs due to their propensity to disease in the humidity of summer.  'Appalachian Spring' is one of these cultivars with improved disease resistance.

Fun Fact: The dogwood is the state tree of Virginia, Missouri, and North Carolina, and is also Virginia’s state flower! What a popular tree!

If you’re looking to add this Gainesville Landscape Plant into your yard, please fill out the form above or contact us at (352) 378-5296.