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Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

Cornus florida is an understory tree, native to eastern North America, that was introduced to American gardens by 1731. Philadelphia botantist and nurseryman John Bartram listed Cornus florida for sale in 1783, and Jefferson included "Dog-wood" on a list of trees in 1771. Jefferson also made several shipments of its seed to his Paris friend, Madame de Tessé. The Flowering Dogwood is the state flower of Virginia and one of the most popular small trees for residential planting in the United States.

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Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
White, Pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
Various Locations
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun and Part Shade
Blooming History: 
April 8, 2002 to May 6, 2002March 31, 2003 to May 9, 2003April 8, 2004 to May 3, 2004April 5, 2005 to May 19, 2005April 13, 2006 to May 5, 2006April 6, 2007 to May 10, 2007April 10, 2008 to May 15, 2008April 6, 2009 to May 11, 2009April 6, 2010 to May 10, 2010April 11, 2011 to May 10, 2011March 26, 2012 to May 1, 2012April 11, 2013 to May 7, 2013April 17, 2014 to May 9, 2014April 10, 2015 to May 15, 2015April 1, 2016 to May 18, 2016April 5, 2017 to April 26, 2017April 20, 2018 to May 18, 2018April 8, 2019 to May 7, 2019March 23, 2020

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