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Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

This small deciduous tree, native to eastern North America, is often wider than it is tall at maturity. It is also called Eastern Flowering Dogwood or White Dogwood. In the spring, the small clusters of flowers are surrounded by large, lustrous white bracts. In the fall, the bright red fruits are an attractive food source to numerous species of birds, but are poisonous to humans.

Habitat:Understory tree in moist woodlands.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 12 m tall, with short trunk and low opposite branches.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring
Longevity:Short-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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