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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, 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.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

This tree is considered both a flowering tree and an ornamental tree. It is typically planted for both its visual interest and profusion of spring flowers.

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 four 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.