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Pink Flowering Dogwood
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The Pink Flowering Dogwood tree is a cherished heirloom tree native to the Eastern U.S. This medium-sized ornamental tree will grace your home landscape with stunning dogwood flowers with pink blossoms in spring, burgundy foliage in fall, and vibrant red berries into winter. The fruit is a favorite food of many songbirds, so be sure to plant your Pink Dogwood tree near a window and you’ll be able to pull up a chair and watch the bluebirds, cardinals, robins, and mockingbirds dig in. Chipmunks and squirrels also gather the fruits, and dainty little spring azure butterflies use Dogwoods as a food source, too. Cancel the cable—you’ll have “Animal Planet” on 24/7 in your own backyard!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Spacing: 25-30'
- Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
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Flowering Dogwoods got their scientific name, Cornus, from the Latin for “horn”—as in a ram’s horn—because their wood is so hard that two trees could theoretically rear back and headbutt one another with no serious damage resulting. The hard-as-horn wood can be fashioned into indestructible items like butcher blocks, golf club heads, tool handles, and daggers, or “dags.” “Dagwood” evolved into “Dogwood.” The species name florida is a reference to the showy flowers, not the state—though Flowering Dogwoods are native to Florida. This pink variety was discovered in Virginia.
The Pink Flowering Dogwood tree has orange polka-dotted flowers that only bloom at 1:37 a.m. on the third Wednesday in November - weather permitting. Just kiddin'! We wanted to make sure you were paying attention. Seriously now, Pink Flowering Dogwoods are native to the eastern United States. They produce rosy-pink dogwood flowers that appear in late spring before the foliage. Dark green leaves in summer turn to crimson in fall. Fall foliage is accompanied by some bright red berries - which you (and the birds) will enjoy!
How to Grow
These Dogwoods thrive in higher temperatures, but prefer morning full 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.
Questions & Answers
The trunk of my tree looks different than the rest of the stem. Is my tree okay?
What you're seeing is where the Dogwood was originally grafted onto the root stock and the root stock can grow differently than the Tree itself. Based on your photo, the bark & Tree both look healthy so we believe you have nothing to worry about. We do recommend that you apply our Elements Fertilizer this Spring - not only is it wonderful for you Tree, it will also improve the overall health of your soil!
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Size D Trees:
8-10' tall, shipped balled and burlapped. Wide branching, strong structure, pruned from a young age to develop great form. This dogwood is HUGE, instant landscape appeal! You will need a truck or trailer to haul home or have a professional to move and plant for you.
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