Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
White Flowering Dogwood
(Cornus florida)

Donated by KC President and Board of Trustees
Tree Map Location: # 107
In Memory of Barb Lay

White Flowering Dogwood tree White Flowering Dogwood leaves White Flowering Dogwood bark White Flowering Dogwood fruit White Flowering Dogwood flowers


Leaf: Opposite, simple, 3 to 5 inches long, oval in shape with an entire or slightly wavy margin, arcuately veined, green above and slightly paler below.  
Flower: Monoecious; very small and inconspicuous tight cluster, but surrounded by 4 very showy, large, white (occasionally pink) bracts, 2 inches in diameter, appearing in mid-spring.  
Fruit: A shiny, oval red drupe, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, in clusters of 3 to 5, maturing in fall.  
Twig: Slender, green or purple (purple on sunlit side), later turning gray, often with a glaucous bloom. The terminal flower buds are clove-shaped, vegetative buds resemble a dull cat claw.  
Bark: Gray and smooth when young, turning very scaly to finely blocky.  
Form: A small tree with a short trunk that branches low, producing a slightly rounded to flat-topped crown. Branches are opposite, and assume a "candelabra" appearance.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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