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Cherokee Princess Flowering Dogwood
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With her immaculate white flowers, ruby-red fruits, and crimson-purple fall robes, Cherokee Princess Dogwood will be the crown jewel of your landscape. This selection of our beloved native Flowering Dogwood tree will shine whether planted near your deck or patio, at the edge of a woodland area (where Dogwood trees grow naturally), or smack-dab in the middle of your front yard. Just be sure to plant this stellar four-season ornamental tree where you can see it from indoors, because the only thing as pretty as Dogwood flowers in spring are songbirds in winter feasting on shiny red Dogwood fruits!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Spacing: 25-30'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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The Cherokee people have never had princesses, so ‘Cherokee Princess’ Dogwood is a bit of a misnomer. However, many tree experts believe this tree to be not merely Princess, but Queen of the Flowering Dogwoods for its lavish and dependable flower display. Some controversy surrounds the origin of this tree. Some say it was discovered in Kentucky by J.C. Higden. Others insist it’s the plant that was found by Hawkersmith and Sons in Tennessee and listed in their 1959 catalog as “Sno-White.” No matter where she came from, she’s royalty now!
While some claim that a Cherokee Princess is a myth, we beg to differ. Large, white flower bracts appear in early spring while emerging foliage displays shades of bronzy-green or yellow-green. It later matures to dark green throughout summer. The cooler fall season brings out red to reddish-purple hues - quite a beauty! Myth busted!
How to Grow
These Dogwoods thrive in higher temperatures, but prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. Flowering Dogwoods also like more acidic soil conditions. Be sure to keep your Dogwood watered after planting, they like moist soil, but not constantly wet soil. Apply a low rate tree fertilizer during the fall to promote healthy growth and flowers next spring. Not all trees are perfect however, and there are a couple of common problems that occur: Anthracnose and borer. Anthracnose is a fungal disease that causes dead spots on leaves, twigs, or fruit. Borers are small insects that bore into the woody part of plants. Don’t let this discourage you - there is hope! Your best defense against these problems is proper tree care and maintenance, if your tree is under any stress (too much sun, too much or too little water) that’s when these problems will occur. However, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. You get beautiful flowers in spring, fruit that attracts birds, and great fall color. On top of that, they really don’t need a lot of pruning, but if you feel it’s necessary to prune, please do so after the tree is done flowering in the spring.
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Size C Trees:
6-8’ tall. This dogwood has a stem caliper over 2” and balled and burlapped. Bower & Branch Dogwoods have been pruned properly to enhance your landscape for years.
Size D Trees:
8-10' Tall, shipped balled and burlapped This tree has a stem caliper over 3". Wide branching, strong structure, pruned from a young age to develop great featured branching and form.
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