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Cloud 9 DogwoodCornus florida ‘Cloud 9’

  • Cloud Nine Dogwood
Prolific, large, pure white, overlapping petal-like blooms in spring, dark green foliage in the summer, reddish-purple leaves in the fall and glossy red berries that persist into winter make this dogwood a lovely ornamental tree for all seasons. A short trunk, horizontal branches and a moderately globe-shaped crown round out the tree’s handsome appearance.

As one of the most cold-hardy cultivars, the cloud 9 dogwood can be planted as far north as Zone 5.

Hardiness Zones

The cloud 9 dogwood can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

Mature Size

The cloud 9 dogwood grows to a height of around 15' and a spread of around 10' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow Growth Rate

This tree grows at a slow rate, with height increases of less than 12" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The cloud 9 dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Blooms in the spring, with large white bracts surrounding greenish-yellow flowers.
  • Flowers profusely when young.
  • Is one of the most cold-hardy cultivars.
  • Features dark green summer foliage that turns reddish-purple in the fall.
  • Produces glossy red fruit.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Cannot tolerate poor drainage, limited summer water or pollution.

Wildlife Value

The dense branching provides shade and nesting sites. Fruit and buds are a favorite with dozens of bird species. And the nectar and pollen attract butterflies.

History/Lore

This flowering dogwood cultivar was patented in 1961 by Chase Nursery in Chase, AL.