The Flowering Dogwoods Cornus florida are now starting to bloom all over the hills here and the hillsides are boasting beautiful trees filled with white blooms. The Flowering Dogwood is native to the eastern half of the Unites States and is one of the most popular ornamental trees.
Found in zones from 5 to 9 it is not only beautiful in the spring while in bloom but has beautiful berries and leaves in the Fall. It will also grow in full sun to full shade.
The flowers bear green berries which grow throughout the summer, turning a bright red in the fall. The birds and squirrels make a fest of the berries along with other small mammals.
Historically the hard, closed grain of the wood of the Flowering Dogwoods were used to make shuttles for weaving.
We also have the Silky and Pagoda Dogwood which is more shrub like.
The blooms on it are clustered and flat which produce dark blue-black berries in the Fall.
Although the berries are beneficial to the wildlife and are beautiful in the Fall, I love seeing them in bloom all over the hills in the spring.