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.
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.
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 email@example.com about any other questions you have concerning Dogwood care.
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