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CORNUS florida 'Pygmaea'

Image of Cornus florida 'Pygmaea'

James H. Schutte

Family

Cornaceae

Botanical Name

CORNUS florida 'Pygmaea'

Plant Common Name

Flowering Dogwood, Pygmy Flowering Dogwood

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General Description

Pygmy flowering dogwood is a true harbinger of spring. A tree native to eastern North America, this dwarf selection has an elegant spreading canopy. In mid-spring it presents small clusters of green flowers surrounded by four large creamy white bracts. These are followed by clusters of bright red berry-like fruits, which are eaten by birds. The green leaves of this fine ornamental turn purple-red in fall.

Though shade tolerant, flowering dogwood looks best when grown in a full to part sun and is adapted to a wide range of well drained, fertile soil types. Enjoy these as a specimen tree or massed in a wooded garden with other early flowering trees like eastern redbud. Flowering dogwood is highly susceptible to dogwood anthracnose and powdery mildew, but resistant selections are available.

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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • 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

    Slow

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow Green, Pink, Ivory

  • 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

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes