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CORNUS florida 'Cloud Nine'

Image of Cornus florida 'Cloud Nine'

James Burghardt

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'Cloud Nine'

Plant Common Name

Cloud Nine Flowering Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood

General Description

This dogwood selection, ‘Cloud Nine’, is a small, deciduous tree with graceful, spreading branches. It is grown for its spring display of beautiful white flowers. The true flowers are tiny and clustered at the center of four large white bracts (petal-like leaves) that are oval with a dented end, upward-facing and overlapping. This cultivar is a selection of flowering dogwood, a native of eastern North America, chosen for its exceptionally profuse bloom. The tree almost turns white in spring with flowers. It also has reliable red fall color and bright red late summer fruits loved by birds that disappear quickly in the winter.

Flowering dogwood is an understory species, adapted to the company of taller trees and at home in partial sun to partial shade on well-drained soil rich in organic matter. A site with good air circulation will help stave off the powdery mildew that plagues flowering dogwoods. This is a beautiful tree in a shady mixed border, foundation planting, or woodland.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • 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'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Width

    25'-35' / 7.6m - 10.7m

  • 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, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes