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Cornus florida, flowering dogwood

Common Name: flowering dogwood

Type: tree

Family: Cornaceae

Zone: 5 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 20 to 30 foot

Width: 30 foot

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: white

Sun Exposure: full to partial

Soil: well drained

Leaves: deciduous 

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


It is a great addition to a landscape, as a specimin tree that blooms red, pink or white. They can also be included into a landscape to provide a natural, less landscaped look. This tree prefers full to partial sun but grows native in the woods, under the canopy of large hardwoods, on shady hills. This tree made it onto the Top 10 Landscape trees list. This tree has also worked its way onto our list of 25 Plants and Trees With Great Fall Color.


Cornus kousa another great option for a slightly different look.



STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-04-30T16:59:20+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
Gorgeous tree!
Posted 2015-05-09T09:17:32+0000  by Cree
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