Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
ering-like bracts that open in April and May before leaves emerge. This variety, Cornus Florida 'Rubra', also known as the Pink Flowering Dogwood, is a beautiful addition to any landscape.
The tree grows up to 10 meters tall and often wider than it is tall. It has a trunk diameter of up to 30 centimeters. The leaves are simple and oval, turning a rich red-brown color in the fall. The flowers are individually small and inconspicuous, but the surrounding bracts are large and stunning, with shades of white, pink, or even a true red.
The fruit of the Pink Flowering Dogwood is a cluster of small drupes that ripen in late summer and early fall. These fruits are an important food source for many bird species, which then help distribute the seeds.
In addition to being a beautiful ornamental tree, the Pink Flowering Dogwood has several other uses. The peeled twigs can be used as toothbrushes, providing a natural way to whiten teeth. The fruits can be used as a bitter digestive tonic. The inner bark has been traditionally used as a poultice for external ulcers and wounds.
It is important to note that while most of the wild trees have white bracts, this cultivar specifically produces pink bracts. However, there is still a possibility of some seedlings reverting back to the white flowering form. Therefore, if you want to ensure the tree's flower color, it is recommended to use these seedlings as grafting rootstock.
The Pink Flowering Dogwood is native to eastern North America, ranging from southern Maine to northern Florida and eastern Texas. It can also be found in Illinois and has a disjunct population in eastern Mexico.
Overall, the Pink Flowering Dogwood is a stunning and versatile tree that adds beauty and functionality to any landscape. It is sure to attract attention with its gorgeous pink bracts and provide food for various bird species. Consider adding this delightful tree to your garden or yard.