Flowering Dogwood

All About the Flowering Dogwood:

Scientific Nomenclature: Cornus florida

Common Names: flowering dogwood, American dogwood, Indian arrowwood, false boxwood

Mature Height: 20–25 feet

Mature Spread: 20–30 feet

Growth Rate: Slow-Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Birds, mammals and pollinators 

Messiness: Flowering dogwood will produce bright red berries that will drop in autumn alongside its leaves.

Shape: Spreading/Multi-stemmed

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Prefers well-drained clay, loam or sandy soils with high organic matter content. Acidic (<6.0pH) or neutral (6.0–8.0pH) soils are preferred. You should mulch around the tree during hot summers to keep the roots cool and moist.

Screening: Not used for screening or privacy plantings.

Drought Tolerance: Tolerant of heat once established but not very tolerant of drought.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Deadwood and leaves should be pruned and removed yearly to keep the tree vigorous.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one flowering dogwood will:

  • Sequester ~926 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 387.5 gallons.