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CORNUS florida 'Ozark Spring'

Image of Cornus florida 'Ozark Spring'

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'Ozark Spring'

Plant Common Name

Flowering Dogwood, Ozark Spring Flowering Dogwood

General Description

This dogwood, ‘Ozark Spring’ is a small, deciduous tree with graceful, spreading branches, grown mostly for its beautiful white flowers. Its 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 at Kansas State University for the greater than usual hardiness of its flower buds. It has reliable red fall color and bright red late summer fruits loved by birds that disappear quickly in the winter.

Plant 'Ozark Spring' in protected areas with slightly acidic soil. A site with good air circulation will help stave off the powdery mildew that plagues flowering dogwoods. This is a beautiful tree when used in the shady mixed border or foundation planting. This cultivar has proven to do well even in cold, dry winters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern 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)

    Burgundy, Crimson

  • 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