Our Plant Pick: Flowering Dogwoods
Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida) are small, deciduous trees with an elegant broadly pyramidal crown. In their natural environment on the east coast of North America, they are considered to be an "understory tree", meaning they grow beneath the dappled shade of taller trees in the woods. In our climate, they require afternoon shade, and prefer well-mulched, slightly acidic soil.
Dogwoods are slow-growing, eventually reaching 15-30 feet tall. Every spring before leaf-out, the branches are nearly obscured by showy flower bracts in pink or white. The true flowers are small, but the bracts which surround them can last for weeks, making these show-stopping trees truly worth the wait. The flowers, which are extremely enticing to butterflies, are followed by small red fruit which is adored by songbirds. It's Carly's plant pick because:
"I just can't wait for these to bloom every year. I love to pass by them in the nursery and stop to admire the enchanting flowers."