The flowering dogwood (Cornus florida or Benthamidia florida) is a showy small treenative to eastern and southeastern North America. It is one of the most popular of all small ornamental flowering trees. Like most dogwoods, it has opposite, simple leaves. The tree is extremely showy when in flower, but what people assume to be the flowers are actually showy bracts below the cluster of nondescriptyellow-green flowers.
Flowering dogwood in bloom
While most of the wild trees are white-flowering, some selected cultivars of this tree also have pink flowers, some even almost a true red. They typically bloom in early April in the southern part of their range, up through late April in the northern or higher-elevation areas. The similar Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa), native to Asia, bloom about a month later. All dogwoods produce clusters of green berries which mature to a bright red in the autumn, and are favored by birds.
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