Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Brave’ – Pink Flowering Dogwood


This is the most popular of the pink flowering dogwoods. It’s a little more drought tolerant than other dogwoods and is very resistant to powdery mildew.

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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.

Photo by David J. Stang, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 24 February 2023

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3-Gallon, 7-Gallon