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Red Cloud DogwoodCornus florida ‘Red Cloud’

  • Red Cloud Dogwood - Cornus florida 'Red Cloud'
This tree blooms early and profusely with large, deep pink-red, petal-like bracts in the spring. The dark green summer leaves have crinkled edges. In fall, the foliage changes to red-purple and the clusters of glossy red berries ripen often persisting on the tree into winter. The trunk is short and a horizontal branching pattern forms a spreading rounded 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. Avoid poorly drained, limited summer water, and polluted sites.

Hardiness Zones

The red cloud 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 red cloud dogwood grows to a height of around 15' and a spread of around 10' 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 red cloud dogwood grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty-loam and well-drained soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Blooms early and profusely, with pinkish-red bracts that resemble petals nestled around a compact group of flowers.
  • Features dark green leaves with crinkled edges.
  • Produces clusters of glossy red fruit that persist into the winter.
  • Develops a short trunk and a horizontal branching pattern that forms a dense, spreading crown.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Cannot tolerate poor drainage, limited summer water or pollution.

Wildlife Value

Fruit and buds of the red cloud dogwood are a favorite with dozens of bird species, and the nectar and pollen attract butterflies. The dense branching provides shade and nesting sites as well.