Red Cloud DogwoodCornus 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.