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CORNUS florida (RED BEAUTY)

Image of Cornus florida 'D-376-15' (RED BEAUTY) PP8214

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'D-376-15'(RED BEAUTY) PP8214

Plant Common Name

Flowering Dogwood, Pink Beauty Flowering Dogwood

General Description

Red Beauty flowering dogwood is a beautiful small tree with a broad canopy and elegant horizontal branches. In mid-spring, this heavy bloomer presents inconspicuous yellow-green flower clusters surrounded by four showy dark rose-red 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 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. Flowering dogwood is highly susceptible to dogwood anthracnose and powdery mildew. In hot summer regions, avoid full sun exposurs to reduce the amount of stress on the tree.

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

    9'-12' / 2.7m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-14' / 3.0m - 4.3m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern 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

    Slow

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Yellow Green, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Purple

  • 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, Foundation, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes