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Cornus florida 'Cloud 9'

Flowering Dogwood /

Flowering dogwood has spreading horizontal branches and distinctive white flowers in spring. The 3" diameter flower clusters bloom mid-April to mid-May, attracting a number of butterflies and other pollinators. 'Cloud 9' flowers profusely and has extra showy, overlapping white bracts. Clusters of glossy red fruit mature in fall and persist into winter when they are eaten by birds. The leaves turn scarlet red in fall.

Benefits

  • Very early to bloom
  • Nectar and pollen attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Berries provide excellent food for birds such as robins, catbirds, mourning doves
  • Provides nesting sites for a number of birds
  • Good fall color
  • Attractive winter form

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun to part shade. Plant in well-drained soil with adequate soil moisture. Does not tolerate dry soil. Prefers organically rich, acidic soil in part shade. A 4" layer of organic mulch helps keep roots cool and moist in summer.


Height
18-22 Feet

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Spread
18-22 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Woods from southeastern Maine to southern Ontario and Michigan south to Illinois, Oklahoma, Northeastern Mexico and Florida.

Native Trivia

The true flowers of flowering dogwoods are actually tiny, yellow green structures compacted into round clusters. Each flower cluster is surrounded by four showy, white, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 3-4" diameter, white flower.


"When this plant's bright red fruit matures, birds can't get enough!"

Good Companions
Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima), Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus), American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Deciduous Trees
Exposure
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
Soil
  • Acidic
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
Uses
  • Accent
  • Meadow
  • Ornamental fruit
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia