Cornus florida
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Hardiness Zone: 5-9 Height: 15-30 feet; 4.6-9.1 metres Spread: 15-30 feet; 4.6-9.1 metres Sun: Part shade to full sun Water: Medium Wildlife: Flowering dogwood is very ecologically important. Bees and flies are attracted to the flowers. Many birds and mammals such as squirrels, deer, and chipmunks readily feed on the fruit. Bloom Colour: White, some pink tinted Culture: Prefers moist to slightly dry, well-drained soil. It will grow in various soil types including rich loam as well as more sandy and rocky soil. Noteworthy Characteristics: Flowering dogwood is deciduous and ranges from shrub to small tree in stature. Ovate to elliptic, opposite leaves occur along smooth, slightly pubescent branches. The bark of the trunk is rough, reddish brown to grey, and scaly. The flowers are small and appear in clusters, surrounded by 4 large, petal-like bracts. In late summer to early fall, the flowers give way to ovoid, shiny red fruit.