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
Foliage: Medium to dark green
Fall Foliage: 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

The Flowering Dogwood is one of America’s most popular understory trees, meaning that it thrives while growing beneath other taller trees. On average, it reaches a height of 15-30 ft. with the same approximate spread. The Flowering Dogwood was first cultivated in 1731; today it is found throughout the eastern United States, and thrives in medium well-drained soils, favoring partial shade or full sunlight (ideally exposed to morning sun and afternoon shade). In America, the Flowering Dogwood has also been called “American Dogwood”, “Florida Dogwood”, “Indian Arrowwood”, “Cornelian Tree”, “White Dogwood”, and “False Boxwood”. It serves as the state tree of Missouri and the state flower of North Carolina. It is scientifically classified as Cornus Florida and is a species belonging to the Cornaceae family.

Broadly pyramidal, this deciduous tree blooms from April to May, showcasing small but lovely white flowers (sometimes colored greenish-yellow or pink) amidst cheerful green foliage. The Flowering Dogwood’s rosy-red berries ripen in late summer and early fall, and provide nourishment to a variety of birds. The tree’s leaves are medium to dark green, with pale green undersides; in the autumn this color typically transforms into bright crimson shades. Though its gray-brown trunk is slender and blocky, the Flowering Dogwood’s wood is prized for its workability and hardness, and can be used to create hand and machine tools.

Emblematic of safety and passion in selective Native American folklore, the Flowering Dogwood has been associated with the mythic Tree of Life in the Sky World according to the Mohawk communities. Other Native American tribes associated the tree with good luck and spirituality (and, for the Blackfoot tribes, masculinity), and they partook often of the tree’s berries. They furthermore used the Flowering Dogwood’s bark and roots for medicinal herbs and dyes. Even the toxic sap of the tree was sometimes used—for poison.

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