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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)

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
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Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia