Cornus florida

Common name: Flowering Dogwood

Native plant

Flowering dogwood can be a tricky plant to grow in a landscape setting. It is commonly found growing in woodland margins.  Locate flowering dogwood in a site that receives full sun to partial shade, though in the peidmont and along the coast it may need more shade, especially in the afternoon.  Plant in well-drained soil that is high in organic matter and has a slightly acidic to neutral pH. A 2 to 4-inch layer of mulch will help keep the roots cool and moist in hot summers. 


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Price Level: 
Woodies- Standard Shrub
Sizing Options: 
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas


Savannas, Urban Suited, Woodlands

Growth form

Single trunk, Low branched

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
15 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
30 Feet
Max width
40 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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