Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)

Flowering dogwoodWhen Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) blooms in spring, people stop and take notice.

Flowering dogwoodThe bright white “petals,” which are actually bracts, surround a cluster of small flowers in the center.  These flowers are only one-quarter inch in diameter and exude a wonderful fragrance when they bloom.

Flowering dogwoodDuring the summer months, the fertilized flowers mature into green drupes.  Notice the leaf shape and venation which help to identify this medium-sized tree.

Flowering dogwood

At the same time as the fruits (drupes) develop during the summer months, Flowering dogwood grows new flower buds for next spring.

Flowering dogwoodIn the fall, the drupes mature to a bright red color.

Flowering dogwoodThe fall leaf color is also strikingly beautiful.

Flowering dogwood

Watch this video about Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) to learn more about the small flowers, to watch the development of flower buds from summer through the next spring, and to observe the variety of leaf colors the tree may have in the fall.

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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