Cloud 9 DogwoodCornus florida 'Cloud 9'
Prolific, large, pure white, overlapping petal-like blooms in spring, dark green foliage in the summer, red-purple leaves in the fall with glossy red berries that persist into winter make this a lovely ornamental tree for all seasons. It has a short trunk, horizontal branches, and a moderately globe-shaped crown. 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. Dogwoods prefer acidic, moist, well drained sites with partial shade, but will take full sun. This is one of the most cold hardy cultivars. Avoid poorly drained, limited summer water, and polluted sites.