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Pink DogwoodCornus florida var. rubr

  • Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Pink Dogwood - Cornus florida
Biscuit-shaped flowers grace this low-branching tree. Berries are glossy, red and attractive to birds. In winter, gray stems and checkered bark contrast with snow. Prefers partial shade; acid, moist, well-drained soil. Grows to 25', 25' spread. (zones 5-9)

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

Mature Size

The pink dogwood grows to a height of around 25' and a spread of around 25' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

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

Soil Preference

The pink dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Blooms in April and May, with pink bracts that resemble petals radiating cross-like around a compact group of inconspicuous flowers.
  • Features dark green leaves that are oval or egg-shaped, tapering to a sharp point. They turn a spectacular red or reddish-purple in the fall.
  • Develops grayish to brown bark that is broken into small blocks, resembling alligator hide.
  • Produces glossy red fruit that ripen in the fall.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The pink dogwood is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including robins, cardinals and waxwings.

History/Lore

This variety of flowering dogwood was first noticed and recorded by plant hunter Marc Catesby in 1731. The tree was soon cultivated and remains highly popular today.