At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Cornaceae
Latin Name: Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief'
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange-red to purple-red
Bloom: Rose Red
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Broadly pyramidal
Bark: Blocky gray
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 9
Size: 15 to 30 feet
Spread: 15 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Native to eastern North America and northern Mexico, the eastern flowering Cherokee Chief Dogwood is the state tree of Virginia, and is cherished for the picturesque rose-red flowers that cover its multi-branched blocky gray bark. Belonging to the botanical family Cornaceae, the Cherokee Chief Dogwood has a 5-9 hardiness zone rating and thrives in medium, well-drained soils. It is partial to full sun with partial shade, growing to reach a height and width of approximately 15-30 ft.; if grown with more sun than shade, this species will grow less quickly and won’t be as tall, but its foliage and flowers will be thicker and more vibrant. The Cherokee Chief Dogwood, in particular, is a cultivar that is characterized mostly by its redness: red bracts, red flowers, and red new growth.

Broadly pyramidal in shape and naturally symmetrical, this deciduous tree provides a fine canopy of shade. Its use is paired with its beauty, as its vibrant April and May spring flowers are countered six months later by its brilliant coppery-red to violet-rose autumn foliage. Its red berries are edible but not particularly tasty. The Cherokee Chief Dogwood produces hard, dense wood that is favorable for the production of tool handles, jeweler’s boxes, butcher’s blocks, wooden rake teeth, and more.

Primarily planted as an ornamental tree in landscapes and gardens, the Cherokee Chief Dogwood is usually trained to grow with a structure of multiple trunks but can just as easily be trained to grow with a single trunk; it requires minimal pruning to develop and maintain a strong structure. It does not break easily, but the branches tend to droop as the tree grows, and may need to be cleared to gain access beneath its leafy canopy. The Cherokee Chief Dogwood has a decent soil and drought tolerance, but is not as tolerant of soil salt, aerosol salt, and a number of pests and diseases.