(Cornus florida)
The Dogwood Family (Cornaceae)

Short tree with opposite, deciduous leaves, large white or pink flowers, alligator skin-like bark and small shiny red drupes.


Deciduous woods, thickets, streams, river banks, shaded areas.

Interesting Facts: 

Powder from the twigs and wood used as a tooth whitener, and the bark used as a treatment for malaria. A red dye can be made from the roots and a black dye from the bark. Host to the Spring Azure butterfly.

A shiny, oval red drupe, .25 - .5” long, in clusters of 3 to 5.
Appearing in mid-spring, the flowers are in small green tight clusters surrounded by 4 showy large white or pink bracts, 2” in diameter.
Wildlife value: 
Drupes are a common food source for birds as well as small and large mammals. Attracts native bees and beneficial insects.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 3.00-5.00 inches
Tree height: 20.00-40.00 feet

Where to find Flowering Dogwood on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

BCY - Bald Cypress Loop 10.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.