White Flowering Dogwood Seeds - A lovely, Medium Flowering Tree, Gorgeous Color

White Flowering Dogwood Seeds - A lovely, Medium Flowering Tree, Gorgeous Color

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White Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

Description A lovely, medium flowering tree with short trunk and crown of spreading or nearly horizontal branches.
Height: 30' (9 m).
Diameter: 8" (20 cm).
Leaves: opposite; 2 1/2-5" (6-13 cm) long, 1 1/2-2 1/2" (4-6 cm) wide. Elliptical; edges slightly wavy, appearing not toothed but with tiny teeth visible under a lens; 6-7 long curved veins on each side of midvein; short-stalked. Green and nearly hairless above, paler and covered with fine hairs beneath; turning bright red above in autumn.
Bark: dark reddish-brown; rough, broken into small square plates.
Twigs: green or reddish, slender, becoming hairless.
Flowers: 3/16" (5 mm) wide; with 4 white to yellowish; many of these tiny flowers tightly crowded in a head 3/4" (19 mm) wide, bordered by 4 large broadly elliptical milky white to creamy yellow petal-like bracts (pink in some cultivated varieties) 1 1/2-2" (4-5 cm) long; in early spring before leaves. The flower heads (with bracts) 3-4" (7.5-10 cm) across are commonly called flowers.
Fruit: 3/8-5/8" (10-15 mm) long; berrylike, elliptical, shiny red; several at end of long stalk; thin mealy bitter pulp; stone containing 1-2 seeds; maturing in autumn.
Habitat: Both moist and dry soils of valleys and uplands in understory of hardwood forests; also in old fields and along roadsides.
Range: S. Ontario east to SW. Maine, south to N. Florida, west to central Texas, and north to central Michigan; to 4000' (1219 m), almost 5000' (1524 m) in southern Appalachians.
Discussion: Flowering Dogwood is one of the most beautiful eastern North American trees with showy early spring flowers, red fruit, and scarlet autumn foliage. The hard wood is extremely shock-resistant and useful for making weaving-shuttles. It is also made into spools, small pulleys, mallet heads, and jeweler's blocks. Indians used the aromatic bark and roots as a remedy for malaria and extracted a red dye from the roots. Flowering dogwoods are extremely valuable for wildlife because the seed, fruit, flowers, twigs, bark, and leaves are utilized as food by various animals. The most distinguishing quality of dogwood is its high calcium and fat content. Fruits have been recorded as food eaten by at least 36 species of birds, including ruffed grouse, bob-white quail, and wild turkey. Chipmunks, foxes, skunks, rabbits, deer, beaver, black bears, and squirrels, in addition to other mammals, also eat dogwood fruits. Foliage and twigs are browsed heavily by deer and rabbits. The quality of browse may be improved by controlled burns in the spring, which increase the protein and phosphoric acid content.
Flowering dogwood also is a favored ornamental species. It is highly regarded for landscaping and urban forestry purposes.
Virtually all the dogwood harvested was used in the manufacture of shuttles for textile weaving, but plastic shuttles have rapidly replaced this use. Small amounts of dogwood are used for other articles requiring a hard, close-textured, smooth wood capable of withstanding rough use. Examples are spools, small pulleys, malletheads, jewelers' blocks, and turnpins for shaping the ends of lead pipes.

Materials: 20 White Flowering Dogwood Seeds