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 'Cloud Nine'
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange-red to purple-red
Bloom: White
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

A spectacular ornamental tree for all seasons, the Cloud 9 Dogwood is coveted for its lush spring blossoms, its blazing fall foliage, and its brilliant red berries. Heralded as one of the most beautiful native American trees, the Cloud 9 Dogwood’s quiet glory is paired with its extreme hardiness, making it perhaps the most resilient of all the dogwood species in the face of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. It blends well with other native trees, and—unless stressed, as with unhealthy soils or damages to its trunk—it is resilient to most diseases and pests.

The Cloud 9 Dogwood is a deciduous tree of the family Cornaceae, broadly pyramidal in shape, reaching a height and span of 15-30 ft. With a 5-9 hardiness zone rating, this species thrives in medium well-drained soils and in settings that allow for full sun to partial shade. It grows slowly, less than a foot per year. From an early age, however, its dense branching provides shade and nesting habitats for a variety of birds and other wildlife. Since it won’t be eaten by deer and can thrive in the partial shade of taller surrounding trees, the Cloud 9 Dogwood is an ideal choice for a wooded garden.

This species is characterized by its blocky gray bark, short trunk, and globe-shaped leafed crown. Its leaves are a subtle medium-to-dark green which transform into fiery shades of orange-red and mauve in the autumn. From April to May, the Cloud 9 Dogwood’s flowers bloom in abundance, decorating the tree as if in a cloud of glorious white petals. The tree produces glistening red berries—bitter and inedible for humans, but a favorite meal for a variety of birds—that persist into the winter, sustaining the Cloud 9 Dogwood’s beauty throughout the year. Needless to say, this species is typically planted for its visual appeal, and mostly for its profusion of brilliant spring flowers.

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