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Dogwood, Red Cornus florida 'Rubra'

Red Dogwood—Cornus florida 'Rubra'

Red flowers in spring and reddish-purple leaves in the fall. The glossy-red fruits provide food for songbirds. Stems are a soft gray and bark is scaly. Partial shade; moist, acid, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-9)

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Zones 5 - 9
Zones 5 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 - 9
The Red Dogwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Red Dogwood falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees

25' High
25' High

Mature Height:
The Red Dogwood grows to be 25' feet in height.

25' Spread
25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Red Dogwood has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This dogwood does well in full sun, partial shade.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Red Dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, clay soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This dogwood has rounded shape.

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Attributes:
This is a good tree for planting near utility lines, next to larger buildings, or near patios. It is also an excellent contrast tree for larger evergreen backgrounds. The fruit is a favorite of songbirds.

Description:
Red flowers in spring and reddish-purple leaves in the fall. The glossy-red fruits provide food for songbirds. Stems are a soft gray and bark is scaly. Partial shade; moist, acid, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-9)

Wildlife Value:
The Red Dogwood is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals, and waxwings. Fruits persist through winter.

Moisture:
Moist, well-drained soil

Leaves:
The leaves are opposite, oval or ovate, 3-6" long, and are dark green.

Flower Color:
Red flowers

Bloom Time:
April-May.

Fruit Description:
This tree has glossy, red fruit eaten by birds when ripened in the fall.