Growing Cornus Florida Trees In Your Yard
Cornus florida trees are deciduous understory trees that native to North America. These trees loved by gardeners for its early flowering, its graceful shape, and its fall foliage color. This beautiful tree is interesting all year, with pink or white flowers in late winter or early spring, followed by attractive green foliage. In late summer, the leaves turn dark red, and bright red berries appear in place of the flowers. The berries are an important food for several types of wildlife, including many species of songbirds. In the winter, the tree has an attractive silhouette with small buds at the tips of the branches. Cornus florida trees grow to between 12 and 20 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 6 to 12 inches. They thrive in sun or shade. Those in full sun are shorter with better leaf color, especially in the fall. In the shade, they may have poor fall color, but they have a more graceful, open canopy shape.
Native to the Eastern U.S., these trees thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Cornus florida tree is susceptible to anthracnose, a devastating and incurable disease that can kill the tree. In areas where anthracnose is a problem, plant kousa or Cornelian cherry dogwood instead.