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Flowering dogwood

Flowering dogwood

Cornus florida

Common in both forests and urban areas, the native flowering dogwood is a small tree (up to 40 feet) that is known for the beautiful white bracts found around its flowers in the shape of a cross. The red berries of the dogwood are a favorite of birds. However, anthracnose fungus has killed many dogwood trees throughout Delaware in recent years. The wood is very hard and was once used for tool handles.

Dogwood flowers often appear in early spring. Clusters of bright-red fruit arrive in October. The “true” flower of the dogwood tree is in the center of the cross-shaped bracts.

Location Points C.B.H. Height Crown
701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington
(Brandywine Cemetery)
128 84 34 39
4010 Valley Green Rd., Greenville 106 62 36 32
Forest Presbyterian Cemetery, Middletown 106 58 37 44