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Little Princess Flowering Dogwood
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Half the size of the typical Flower Dogwood, but 100 percent of the drama! This perky, petite Tree makes a big show but never outgrows its space. In spring, Little Princess Flowering Dogwood will charm you with its flashy, ivory-white blossoms. The flowers are larger than what you would expect for such a small Tree, and they are produced in abundance. Lush leaves follow. In early fall, the foliage takes on marvelous wine-red tones, the color lasting a long time. In winter, it's a fairy-take ending when sparkling red fruits adorn the branches like jewels. Precious!
If you live anywhere within the area bordered by Kansas, Maine, Texas, and Florida, you're probably familiar with Flower Dogwood. This noble Tree illuminates forest edges and roadsides all over the East in spring with its spectacular white and pink flowers. It is one of our greatest natural treasures. Little Princess is a form that arose at the nursery of Tennessee plants-man Don Shadow. It appeared as a random 'sport' (chance mutation of one branch) on the popular Cherokee Princess Dogwood. Every Little Princess Dogwood grown today originated from that single lucky discovery.
Many Trees take a while to settle in and put on a good flowering display. Little Princess Flowering Dogwood gets right to business. Even very young Trees offer up lots of spectacular white blossoms in spring. You don't have to wait long for this investment to pay dividends!
How to Grow
Flowering Dogwoods are vulnerable to a few troublesome pests and diseases, including anthracnose, borers, and powdering milder. However, proper siting and culture will give your Tree a good chance for a long, healthy life. Site your Little Princess Dogwood 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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