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CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Princess'

Image of Cornus florida 'Cherokee Princess' (CHEROKEE SERIES)

James Burghardt

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'Cherokee Princess'( CHEROKEE SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Cherokee Princess Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood

General Description

Cherokee Princess flowering dogwood is a true harbinger of spring. Originating from eastern North America, this vigorous medium-sized tree has a rounded canopy with horizontal branching. In mid-spring it presents yellow-green flower clusters surrounded by four enormous creamy white bracts. These are followed by clusters of bright red berry-like fruits, which are eaten by birds. Its medium green leaves turn purple-red in fall.

Though shade tolerant, flowering dogwood looks best when grown in a full to part sun location. Provide it with fertile, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. In the landscape it is best used as a specimen tree or massed in wooded gardens with other early flowering trees like eastern redbud. This cultivar is considered disease resistant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes