Flowering Dogwood Fact Sheet
Family: Cornaceae - Dogwood family
Latin name: Cornus florida
Common name: Flowering dogwood
Native range of Cornus florida in North America, USA, NRCS Plants Database
Line drawing of flower and fruit of Cornus florida - Flowering dogwood.- click on drawing to view larger image.
image is not copyrighted and may be freely used for any purpose. Please credit
the artist, original publication if applicable, and the USDA-NRCS PLANTS
Database. The following format is suggested and will be appreciated:
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora
of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 664.
- WARNING - fruit of flowering
dogwood is poisonous to humans. (http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/doc/pg_cofl2.doc)
- Tree Facts, bud, buds, bark, leaves, fruit, flowers, twigs, seeds, bud scar, leaf scar
- Photographs of flower buds of Flowering
- In mid April the buds have begun to enlarge and open slightly.
- Buds are "onion
- shaped" and their presence makes the tree easy to identify even in winter.
- The fruit of the Flowering dogwood
occurs in clusters.
- These pictures show it going through its color progression
from green in mid-June to brilliant red in mid-September.
- The fruit is a fall/winter
favorite of a variety of birds.
- The leaves of the have prominent
veins. Leaves are green in summer, often with wavy edges that curl upward.
Fall leaves may be bright red.
- The Flowering dogwood is the Missouri
- Bark looks like alligator hide.
Source for classification list: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov).
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Source for content information: Silvics of North America - http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/table_of_contents.shtm
All photos taken at Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois.
The Morton Arboretum catalog lists 99 individual Flowering dogwood trees.
Karren Wcisel © copyright
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Please ask for permission before using my photographs. Larger sizes and additional photographs
of the tree are often available.
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