What does a flowering dogwood tree look like? Well, at first glance it may look quite similar to other ornamental trees.
But when you take a closer look, there are many distinct features that set this tree apart from fellow flowering plants.
Itching to find out if you have a flowering dogwood tree in your yard? Use the guide below to find out.
Flowering dogwood tree leaves are green and oval-shaped with a pointed tip. Their size is about 3-6 inches long. The major veins extend all the way to the leaf margin.
Perhaps the most unique thing about a flowering dogwood tree is its flowers, which...aren’t actually flowers! The showy blooms that are often referred to as flowers are bracts, which are modified leaves found in between a traditional leaf and the actual flower.
Dogwoods are most recognized for their cross-shaped white or pink bracts. If you get up close to your tree, you can also spot its true flowers, which look like greenish-yellow clusters in the center.
Flowering dogwood tree bark is dark gray. The bark is smooth when the tree’s young, and then as the tree ages, the bark breaks up into small squares that make the trunk look like it’s covered in scales.
Below are some of the need-to-know tips for caring for your flowering dogwood tree:
Flowering dogwoods are vulnerable to several pests and diseases, including:
When it comes to deer, don't fret; deer browsing is not common on dogwood trees!