Cornus florida
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Cornus florida

flowering dogwood

  Family CORNACEAE 
  Genus Cornus 

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Identification
Genus  Cornus Species  florida Variety  Cultivar  Common names  flowering dogwood Family  CORNACEAE Specimen number  S11676 Data source  HtZn p100;MedPl p193
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  15' - 30' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 05-06 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Cornus florida has a colorful display of berries in the fall and early winter. Flowering dogwood can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40 Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to light shade is needed for this species to do its best. It likes well drained soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  red fall fruit Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  febrifuge Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Cornus florida has been traditionally used as a febrifuge.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes 
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Cornus florida is a woody perennial. Flowers are often found in such colors as white, cream, pink or red.

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