Perhaps North America’s premier small flowering tree. The ‘flowers’ are actually bracts that surround a central cluster of small flowers. These flowers give rise to clusters of berries that turn crimson at about the same time the foliage is changing to burgundy – the flush of colors is designed to let birds know that it’s time for a feast. Grow in full to part sun and moist soil – if grown in too much shade trees are susceptible to anthracnose, a fungal disease that will greatly damage the tree.
Dogwood family – Cornaceae
Updated 24 February 2023