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Flowering Dogwood
Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida
Flowering Dogwood

One of the most spectacular small ornamental flowering trees, the graceful, compact Flowering Dogwood is strikingly beautiful in the spring. It is an interesting tree year-round with its showy spring flowers, red fruit in September and October, and red to reddish-purple fall foliage.

Small, graceful tree with short trunk and spreading, nearly horizontal branches.

• Southwest shore of Pond at 59th Street and Sixth Avenue
• East 85th Street at Rhododendron Mile
• East 102nd Street
• The Dene, east side from 66th to 72nd Street
• Shakespeare Garden, west wide between 79th and 80th Streets

Flowering Dogwood BarkFlowering Dogwood Bark
Smooth gray, developing distinctive scales with age.
Flowering Dogwood FlowerFlowering Dogwood Flower
Individually small and inconspicuous - 4 greenish-yellow petals in a tight cluster. They are surrounded by 4 very showy large white (occasionally pink) bracts 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Flowers open April through May, usually before the tree leafs out.
Flowering Dogwood FruitFlowering Dogwood Fruit
Shiny red oval fruit, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, ripening late September to October. Provides food for wildlife.
Flowering Dogwood LeafFlowering Dogwood Leaf
Oval, 3 to 5 inches long with smooth edges. Bright green on top, paler underneath. The fall colors are stunning
Steve Baskauf,
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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