Flowering Dogwood Fact Sheet
Family: Cornaceae - Dogwood family
Latin name: Cornus florida
Common name: Flowering dogwood
- 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 dogwood.
- 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 state tree.
- Bark looks like alligator hide.
Additional photos and drawings (from USDA)
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.
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