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Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida L.)

Also known as eastern dogwood.

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Flowering Dogwood


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

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

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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.


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

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