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Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Also known as eastern dogwood.

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Flowering Dogwood

Summary

A small flowering tree of Eastern North America, common in forest understories and widely planted in landscaping.

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This tentative map is based on the FHWA's ERA. This data lacks information on Canada, but also overestimates native ranges, especially around the edges, as this post explains. We have not yet reviewed or fixed this map.

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Habitat

Found in the understory of a variety of mesic to moist forests, both deciduous and coniferous, including on slopes and flat bottomlands.

Found on better-drained, lighter-textured soils, and absent from heavy, poorly-drained soils. Common on soils derived from gravel, sandstone, and limestone.

Highly tolerant of shade and able to persist and reproduce under a closed forest canopy.

Uses

Frequently cultivated as an ornamental tree, where it is valued for its showy white flowers and red berries.

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