USDA Organic White Flowering Dogwood
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This is a tree you’ll want to have right outside your window! Flowering Dogwood puts on several performances throughout the year, and you’ll want a front-row seat for all of them. In spring, big blossoms crowd the branches like flocks of white butterflies. In early fall, the foliage turns smoldering shades of purple and red. But from late summer until well into winter, that’s when the real show happens if you’re a fan of backyard birds. Bluebirds, robins, cardinals, cedar waxwings, grosbeaks, mockingbirds, and blue jays are some of the many birds that come to feast on Flowering Dogwood’s glossy red fruits.
Tread lightly, shrink your footprint, and let yourself grow with USDA Certified Organic Trees. Organic farming has sprung up drastically in importance and influence, spreading worldwide the philosophy of deeply rooting nature in harmony and enriching the soil we stand upon. Benefitting the gardener, enhancing biodiversity, preserving nature's wildlife, and a true direction to protecting our environment. Choosing organic trees on your property, whether they are fruit, nut, ornamental, or shade trees, begins with their soil and cultivates change taking root in your backyard. Take one BIG TREE step for your garden, and one giant leap towards a greener world.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Arguably the most spectacular of our country’s flowering trees, Flowering Dogwood is a national treasure. All who encounter it can’t help but fall in love with it! It is the state tree of Virginia and Missouri and the state flower of North Carolina. Thomas Jefferson was a fan, and he planted many specimens at Monticello, as did George Washington at Mt. Vernon. In those days, Flowering Dogwood was valued not only for its beauty but also for the supposed efficacy of its bark and roots in a treatment for malaria. Its native range extends from Massachusetts to Florida and west to southern Michigan and East Texas.
Like so many of our native plants, Flowering Dogwood is a host to many caterpillars and other insects that our local songbirds depend on for nourishment. Bugs are not all bad! Even before the fruits are present, Flowering Dogwood will attract birds to your yard who are looking for a meal.
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant's purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil's nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
How to Grow
Flowering Dogwoods are vulnerable to a few troublesome pests and diseases, including anthracnose, borers, and powdery mildew. However, proper siting and culture will give your tree a good chance for a long, healthy life. Site your tree in an area with morning sun and good air circulation, and don’t use overhead sprinklers. Water regularly and feed with the Bower & Branch™ Elements Fertilizer and Soil Enhancer. Be careful to never gouge the bark, as wounds can create an entry point for pests or disease, and prune out any dead branches and dispose of them—do not compost them. Check out our Homeowner’s Guide to Dogwood Diseases and Care for more details, and please do not hesitate to talk to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org about any other questions you have concerning Dogwood care.
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